When I was in college, I started on the Pill to help regulate my periods and for birth control (not a confirmed Catholic at this point and didn’t realize it can cause an abortion). Over the years, I realized that it kept some serious medical conditions under control, that had previously been untreatable (migraines and the like). Then I finally went on the Pill all the time, with no breaks just to keep myself from getting sick.
Over this time, when I first got married, my DH and I also used condoms (didn’t want an “accident”). Yeah, sinful, bad, I’ve confessed, so no haters! We stopped that a few years ago.
So, now I’m on the Pill mostly because of my health conditions. I am also on a new medication that causes severe birth defects, so it’s handy that it provides birth control. I guess what I’m saying is that that’s not the REASON I’m on it, I would be on NFP if that were the case, but the fact that it prevents ovulation is an ok side effect to me.
I was just wondering if anyone else was in this situation and what they decided to do, and also what their priest said. I had a priest tell me that as long as I abstain when I would normally be ovulating, it’s ok. But since I never get a period, I don’t even know when that would be!
We are going to adopt, so the “being open to children” part of our vows still holds true, even if it’s not being open to biological children.
Let me know personal experiences and how you felt about it. And for anyone who had these issues and DID eventually go to NFP if that worked for you. Thanks! I appreciate support and advice.