Thank you everyone for all these helpful points of view you have shared with me. I needed some affirmation we were stepping in the right direction. My daughter would definitely only be using the contraceptives for the medical reasons as outlined above and I know this because she lives with us in our family and she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she also is a strong Catholic. She would be using the contraceptives only as a hormone replacement.
I know one member above mentioned there might be another artificial hormone drug that is not a birth control drug - I will check into this, but as another member above added: that’s really the expertise of the doctor to recommend. I do have my doubts about the existence of such a drug because my doctor would have mentioned such an option - but I will check into - thank you for this. These are all really good points and I am so thankful to you all for your generous replies. The people on this forum have been really kind and thoughtful.
Yes, I am aware that the question I have asked might seem rather obvious and perhaps already answered in other posts regarding the acceptability of using contraceptives for medical reasons only, but this question is slightly different in that there was another natural option to take to avoid the dilemma completely. And that was/is to change careers. Is it right/natural to continue a career where, in order to succeed, you must take unnatural drugs? Isn’t this a sign that perhaps your specific body type that needs this medication to succeed in this profession was not naturally meant for this type of activity/career? Are we pushing ourselves to do things we were not meant to do?
Perhaps it is ethical in our case because my daughter has been dancing for more than 10 years and we originally had no idea this would become a problem until now and it’s a little late, or at least very difficult, to change career paths. (In ballet, dancers must start their career and training at such a young age.)
It is also noteworthy to mention that a good percentage (approximately one third perhaps?) of the young female ballet dancers in this professional program have this same problem (low weight and postponed monthly cycles) and their doctors also have prescribed contraceptives. It seems to be a standard practice in the field of dance. I was surprised to learn this.
I am not going to use this information to challenge any of the ballet companies but it does make one notice and then wonder how modern drug technologies have opened up the scope of dance to more dancers who otherwise would not have had the natural body-type to succeed.
I have placed myself in an awkward position bringing this issue to light being the proud father of a dancer while looking critically at the career itself. I am proud of my daughter’s accomplishments as a dancer and yet at the same time I wonder if this was ever the right path.
This has become more of an ethics question rather than a question about contraceptives.
I don’t really expect any responses - you have already been so helpful - but I just thought I would share my thoughts as a concerned father. Maybe someone else might benefit from this post.
God loves you and may God bless you all.