Contraception for the MERE purpose of amenorrhea

can a woman, who has regular healthy menstrual cycles, take Depro-Vera SOLEY for suppressing menstruation? note: the cycles are very normal, with no extraordinary medical complications. but why deal with menstruation at all? it’s inconvenient, messy and no longer necessary since the duty of procreation has been fulfilled in her marriage. in parallel terms, it would be as if a drug for MEN were available so that they wouldn’t have to shave daily…except of course, Depro-Vera happens to be a contraception drug (with one of the side effects that can cause amenorrhea.

Why would you want to make your body work wrong? God created us to work correctly. Taking medication to change the way God made us work is essentially saying, “I know better than you, God”. Also, these medications have side effects that can affect you negatively (even death). Why risk that?

John

[quote=justcuriousssss]can a woman, who has regular healthy menstrual cycles, take Depro-Vera SOLEY for suppressing menstruation? note: the cycles are very normal, with no extraordinary medical complications. but why deal with menstruation at all? it’s inconvenient, messy and no longer necessary since the duty of procreation has been fulfilled in her marriage. in parallel terms, it would be as if a drug for MEN were available so that they wouldn’t have to shave daily…except of course, Depro-Vera happens to be a contraception drug (with one of the side effects that can cause amenorrhea.
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The Church would say no, it is not moral to take Depo unless you were in a celibate state of life (single, professed vows, widowed, etc…) where there is no sexual intercourse occurring. It would be an act of contraceptive sex which is intrinsically evil and can never be justified.

Beyond that, God gives us many things that are inconvenient and uses them to sanctify us. Why waste such an opportunity? Small sufferings lifted up to God prepare us for any larger sufferings down the road. To stifle this gift with the sin of contraception is not justifiable because of mere inconvenience.

Also, you mention that the procreative duty has been fulfilled. Would it not make sense that this only occurs when the woman’s cycles cease by God’s will and design? With NFP, couples discern, monthly, whether or not God is calling them to bring another eternal soul into creatiion. If, after serious reflection, couples decide that they cannot support any more children, it is a reluctant decision. But it is also a decision that is contingent on many things. If the barriers (financial, emotional, physical,…) are removed, the couple (which is STILL discerning God’s will) may not have serious reasons to postpone pregnancy any longer. So, it is a continual discernment that only ends when God decides.

As for the shaving thing, hair growth is a neutral thing because we don’t choose to have hair grow. It does so independent of our will. Therefore, it is not a human act like sex is. We freely chose to engage in sexual intercourse, so we can’t compare apples and oranges. In human sexuality, we participate in the creation of new life that is made in the sacred image and likeness of God. If human life is sacred, then the means by which human life comes into the world is also sacred. Therefore, anything that thwarts the life-giving love of human sexuality is perverting the gift that God gives us.

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THE HARMS OF CONTRACEPTION

There are several reasons why we believe that the use of contraception harms everyone involved. The first reason is that the use of contraception leads to abortion. Several “contraceptives” are in fact abortifacients. That is, they cause early abortions. All oral contraceptives, Norplant, Depo-Provera, and IUDs cause abortions before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. According to Dr. Bogomir Kuhar, in Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives, these forms of birth control take an estimated 8.1 to 12.75 million lives each year in the US alone. Contraceptives also cause abortions through their failures. All contraceptives fail, some quite often. Even surgical sterilization has a failure rate. Each “failure” results in a new human life, a new baby, an actual woman facing an unplanned and often unwanted pregnancy. These pregnancies are at risk for abortion.

The invention of the birth control pill was revolutionary and, in fact, caused the sexual revolution. Once people thought they could have sex without the possibility of pregnancy, or with a greatly reduced risk of pregnancy, they began to disregard the traditional structures that had protected children and sex for centuries. Contraceptives pills were soon prescribed for younger and younger unmarried women. Since contraceptives fail, this led to an upsurge in the numbers of out of wedlock and teenage pregnancies, and the number of single parent families. With the increase in premarital and extramarital sex, and the number of partners one person might have, the rate of infection from sexually transmitted diseases skyrocketed. Even the number of serious sexually transmitted diseases soared, from about twelve known diseases thirty years ago to over fifty today. This plague has even struck our senior citizens as, empowered by Viagra, they have contact with multiple sex partners. Several retirement communities now report epidemics of STDs. Nature is telling them that even after fertility is naturally gone, the marriage vow is still sacred. The diseases themselves have changed, from easily treatable, known diseases, to more and more destructive ones, including the AIDS virus. Some contraceptives, especially hormonal contraceptives, even make the user more susceptible to STDs.

Contraceptives can help destroy marriages. Only four years after contraceptives were first tested, researchers found that marriages in which contraceptives were used were twice as likely to end in divorce than marriages in which there was no contraceptive use1. Why this huge difference? Well, using contraceptives means that a couple’s fertility is suppressed, and treated like a disease. They are no longer able to share themselves with each other totally in the sex act. There is a barrier not just physical, but also emotional, erected between them. They are closing one part of themselves off from each other, and from God. Often the couple begin to be dissatisfied. The wife starts to feel that the husband does not desire her, only her body. The husband begins to feel that his wife doesn’t really want to have sex with him, that she is cold and tired. These attitudes can poison their whole relationship. With this crucial part of their marriage gone bad, soon other problems develop. Before they know it, the couple is in divorce court, dividing up their mutual property.

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Contraceptives treat children like a disease. We take medicine or have surgery done to prevent them. When a couple does become pregnant in our modern culture, it may be seen as an occasion for condolences rather than congratulations. A pregnancy after a couple has one or two children may be treated as an unfortunate mistake. As Christians, we know that this attitude is wrong. The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God. They are His blessings. An abundance of children is an expression of God’s special favor. What right do any of us have to refuse a gift from God? Instead of the world’s attitude that children are bothersome nuisances that prevent us from enjoying our hard-earned wealth, we need to see each child as a marvelous assist to full human life. We believe that all children are good and beautiful. Although some pregnancies may occur under tragic circumstances, each child is an occasion for celebration.

Contraceptives degrade women. From the day in junior high when a woman menstruates for the first time, a woman’s fertility is a huge part of her life. If her constantly changing hormones were not enough, for five to ten days every month she gets powerfully reminded again and again that this body of hers was designed to conceive and bear children. When a woman uses contraceptives, she and her partner are actively rejecting this essential fact about herself. Her ability to become pregnant, one of the greatest blessings of her life, becomes unacceptable and a burden. Because most contraceptives are designed to be used by women, when they fail, and a pregnancy occurs, it is “her fault.” She is expected to “deal with” her mistake, usually by having an abortion. The father of the child, although he is as responsible for this child as the mother, feels free to abandon both of them. After all, since the contraception wasn’t his responsibility, why should he be responsible for the result of the contraceptive failure?

FWIW Depo can be used to treat conditions that would otherwise require a hysterectomy. My sister had a total hysterectomy at age 22 because we both had severe endometriosis (as did my grandmother as did my sister’s daughter born before the hysterectomy). I avoided the same fate with Depo. I agree that simply avoiding the bother and mess of periods may sound trivial but I assure you there are sometimes medical reasons to take Depo that have nothing to do with contraception or not wanting to invest in feminine products.

BTW it doesn’t always surpress a regular period so it might not even work. And there can be serious side effects so like most drugs should not be used unless really necessary.

Lisa N

[quote=justcuriousssss]can a woman, who has regular healthy menstrual cycles, take Depro-Vera SOLEY for suppressing menstruation? note: the cycles are very normal, with no extraordinary medical complications. but why deal with menstruation at all? it’s inconvenient, messy and no longer necessary since the duty of procreation has been fulfilled in her marriage. in parallel terms, it would be as if a drug for MEN were available so that they wouldn’t have to shave daily…except of course, Depro-Vera happens to be a contraception drug (with one of the side effects that can cause amenorrhea.
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What you describe is contraceptive in its intent. No it would not be moral to use Depo in this situation.

Depo could be used for a valid medical reason, treating a diseased state, although it is an extremely dangerous drug and can cause severe complications including death… and not one that should be suggested lightly.

All I know is that my doctor gave me a shot of Depo-Provera right before my hysterectomy in the 1970’s. He said that my reproductive system needed to rest (meaning no more heavy bleeding) so I would be healthy enough for the hysterectomy. Yes, I was married at the time (I’m still married to the same man). I know that I did not ovulate, because I could always tell when I was ovulating. My doctor was a practicing Catholic with 12 children. If there was some sin involved in this, I’m sure no one had a clue back then.

I believe that the Church has always taught that there is a big difference between taking a drug for birth control and taking a drug for medical reasons. This makes sense because it is legitimate to take drugs for medical problems, but it is not legimitate to take drugs just to get high.

I would not take DP for any reason, aside from the questionable moral aspects, due to grave side effects, one of the most damaging BC drugs out there, do some research, be sure this is the ONLY way available to treat your medical problem and do what you are told to avoid side effects which are major. Do your research. Taking any drug solely to stop your periods IS ABC and therefore immoral objectively

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