I was approached with a question by a single girl in my parish with a question about using the pill or other means of BC to regulate hormonal issues. (For those familiar with the Keating “Catholic Quiz” it pertains to question 13 and the use of contraception.)
13. Contraception is:
a. Permissible only to married couples with the permission of their
parish priest and under extenuating circumstances.
b. Never permissible, no matter what the circumstances.
c. Permissible if the husband and wife, after honest prayer, conclude it is right for them and do not use it selfishly.
d. Permissible only if pregnancy would put the wife’s health in
danger or if the couple is unable to support a large family.
e. None of the above.
She answered b but then followed up with this:“but isn’t it permissable when women need it to regulate menstruation?”
My original response was this:
"The answer is that what you are describing is typically a therapy
used by young, single women having difficulties with the hormone surges - such as using depoprovera or a similar product.
The thing is: these young single women should not be engaging in
activities for which contraception is usually used - blocking the
transmission of life. There is not a church position about the use of contraception by single women for the purpose of menstrual cycle control. It is not a pass for other activity though.
But it struck me VERY suddenly (more than a year after the Q&A took place) I was not entirely sure and certainly not qualified to make the assertion - I know that if I go back with an amended answer, she will take it in proper spirit and comply.
This young lady is extremely devout and conscientious and not promiscious in the least (the fact the she came to a male, with a fairly orthodox outlook and this particular question ought to be a pretty indicator of her character), but like many young people is rattled by the hormonal surges caused during her period.
Any thoughts - empirical evidence on church teaching about this will be appreciated. :shrug: