Pink Ribbons Everywhere & Group I Carcinogens
You can always tell when it is October. Pink ribbons are everywhere, to remind us that tens of thousands of women are expected to die each year from breast cancer. It seems a perfect month for many to take a fair look at Natural Family Planning, for a largely ignored/unknown fact is that hormonal birth control has a clear link to breast cancer. As a matter of fact, the rate of breast cancer in women ages 25 to 39 nearly doubled from 1976 to 2009 - a period of time when artificial birth control significantly increased in usage. And, hormonal contraceptives have officially been listed as Group I Carcinogens by the World Health Organization.
Be wary of information you might get online or from your doctor - they tend to downplay this characteristic of contraceptives, and instead only highlight its odd benefits. For example, there is fair evidence that birth control pills lower the chances of ovarian cancer. Well, think of this … studies have also found that smoking cigarettes reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Yet, would you really start smoking cigarettes in order to avoid the possibility of getting Parkinson’s?
Natural Family Planning – An Impressive Alternative
There are so many benefits to going green when it comes to family planning: it’s very inexpensive, easy to use, plenty of teachers and resources are available, it’s highly effective, and it does not contribute to breast cancer risks.
July and October – Times of Better Knowledge
Each July the Catholic Church carves out a week to highlight Natural Family Planning, but maybe the month of October should be an additional time to bring awareness to this method, for it is a month when people are open to learning ways to reduce breast cancer risks.
Just a Few More Factors to Consider
Besides being very reliable and lacking any damaging carcinogens, Natural Family Planning has other benefits:
- Couples who use Natural Family Planning have very low divorce rates.
- Natural Family Planning is highly effective whether cycles are regular or not.
- Unlike hormonal contraception, there are no abortifacient features to Natural Family Planning.
- Natural Family Planning does not contribute to water pollution.
- The savings from Natural Family Planning is impressive.
- Natural Family Planning often helps with infertility.