Having had a look at cyclebeads, this is very much based on the rhythm method, which is a much older form of natural family planning than the one recommended by the Catholic church today. The problem is that many women do not ovulate at the same time each month, and this app assumes they do. This method of assuming ovulation dates is notoriously unreliable as a form of birth control (although better than nothing). The advantage of charting your mucus and temperature is that you will be able to (with practise) learn EXACTLY the day on which you ovulate. That way, you can plan your cycles more precisely and reduce the risk of pregnancy much further. There are apps which also help you with this more accurately than cyclebeads, but I do not use NFP, so once more, you would need to ask on the Catholic board. Lots of Catholics here use NFP, and some of them are very passionate about it, so they would be able to tell you all the tricks!
Now, the pill… pills contain synthetic versions of progesterone and oestrogen, which occur naturally in the body. They are absorbed through your intestinal wall into your blood. Once they are in your blood, they trigger various processes which prevent ovulation. But the hormones do not, at any point, physically enter your uterus. They stay in your blood. The only way you could get synthetic hormones actually inside your uterus is if you were bleeding internally. Even then, you could not be left with a residue, because anything which is not absorbed into the blood remains in the intestine and is excreted as faeces. Basically… pill residue comes out in your poo, not in your uterus.
The only reason to scrape someone’s uterus (otherwise known as a D and C) is as follows:
“Dilatation and curettage (D & C) is a gynecological procedure in which the cervix is dilated (expanded) and the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is scraped away. D & C is used to diagnose and treat heavy or irregular bleeding from the uterus. Possible reasons for abnormal uterine bleeding including:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Endometrial polyps
- Uterine fibroids
- Endometrial hyperplasia (EH)
- Miscarriage, incomplete abortion, or childbirth
D & C is usually performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure (which takes only minutes to perform), the doctor inserts an instrument called a speculum to hold open the vaginal walls, and then stretches the opening of the uterus (the cervix) by inserting a series of tapering rods, each thicker than the previous one, or by using other specialized instruments. This process of opening the cervix is called dilation. Once the cervix is dilated, the physician inserts a spoon-shaped surgical device called a curette into the uterus. The curette is used to scrape away the uterine lining. One or more small tissue samples from the lining of the uterus or the cervical canal are sent for analysis by microscope to check for abnormal cells.
Removal of the uterine lining will normally cause no side effects, and may be beneficial if the lining has thickened so much that it causes heavy periods. The uterine lining soon grows again normally, as part of the menstrual cycle.”
It is likely that the women you have spoken to have suffered from one of the conditions mentioned above, and have to have a D and C based on that. Did the pill cause the conditions above? Highly unlikely, but if they feel a certain guilt over taking the pill etc, then they might well blame their fibroids on it, and refer to their medical condition as being caused by the pill.
Now… local context… as it happens, I did notice that you were from Zimbabwe in that first post…
… OK, so tell me off if I’m saying something really bad… I’ve only been to Africa a handful of times… and I know a lot about Asia, but less about Africa, and even less than that about non-Arab Africa.
I have to say, however, that the impression I get is that there is still very much a belief that a woman’s duty is to bear children, especially in the countryside, and there is a lot of misinformation spread by medical centres, even professional ones, to do with birth control. I know there is a lot of resistance to condom use in some places, and I did read a blog which horrified me, which was written by a well educated Kenyan man, about the causes of HIV. Let’s just say that… he was wrong.
I get the general impression from my short visits to Gambia, and also by speaking to my Kenyan friends (for some reason, I know a lot of Kenyans, LOL), that some doctors can be very sniffy and prejudiced against birth control, and that they do not always research different methods correctly, or bother to completely explain the pros and cons of each method to the woman. I have a feeling this may have happened here. That’s not to say that doctors in the UK are so great either… did you know that, if you are on antibiotics, antibiotics affect your intestines and stop you absorbing the pill? This means that you can get pregnant if you take the pill and antibiotics at the same time! This is such an important fact that you would think it would be on every pill packet and that doctors would tell you immediately!
They don’t tell you. I even had a friend who got pregnant because of this exact reason. If you go on these boards more, woman from all over the world are complaining that doctors are so lazy when it comes to recommending contraception. They are also so unaware of the different types and what they can do for your body. That’s why these boards are so great for sharing information!
Now… my husband and I are TTC, but until recently then I swore by the Implanon/Nexaplon implant. It is progesterone only, goes in your arm, and is replaced once every 3 years. Makes your periods so light… stopped mine completely. I chose this over an IUD because you have to think “what would happen if I accidentally got pregnant?”. If you accidentally get pregnant whilst using the pill, or the implant, you just stop taking the pills/have the implant removed, and your baby will be fine. If you get pregnant whilst using an IUD, it can really harm your baby, because it stops the placenta forming properly. This was an important factor for me to consider. It is less important for other people, but it was important for me.
Anyway, my advice is: – Try asking the Catholic bees about NFP advice. Some of them have been using NFP for over 10 years, and can tell you all about it. Honestly, there are some very nice ones, and they don’t bite!
– Look into getting a Nexaplon/Implanon implant fitted at some stage in the far away future, to see if it is for you! I can definitely tell you all about the implant, if you want to know more.