In a recent discussion about contraception I pointed out that "the pill" can be and sometimes (perhaps often) an abortifacient as it does not always prevent ovulation. When ovulation occurs so can conception. Due to another "side effect" of "the pill" if conception does occur, the uterine wall is not in a condition to accept the newly conceived child, and thus it is expelled from the uterus and dies. When this does occur "the pill" is not contraceptive - for it did not stop conception, rather it is abortifacient - it causes an early abortion. A life which had just begun has ended all too soon.
Now the person I was speaking to insisted that "the pill" is not an abortifacient, or that perhaps in the case of "the mini pill," if you miss a dose, it could be. The person insisted that while on "the pill," if taken as prescribed, ovulation cannot occur - and where there is no egg, there can be no conception. I do not expect that everyone reading this will be convinced, but I do believe that if one reads through the articles objectively, there should be enough irrefutable evidence here to at least get even the toughest to convince to question and do their own research.
Well, rather than argue without having my facts ready and documented, I let it go and went back to do some research to post here.
Ovulation While On "The Pill?"
Can you ovulate while on "the pill?" YES! While the "combination pill" is designed to prevent ovulation, there are "break-through ovulations" and while rare, they DO happen. When this DOES happen the egg can be fertilized, thus conception CAN occur - but due to the other properties of the "combination pill" the uterus will not be in a condition to accept the fertilized egg, thus the newly conceived baby will be aborted.
Changes in the Pill
The original contraceptive pills, 30 years ago, contained a high dose of the hormone estrogen. Because of this, almost 100% of their effect was to suppress ovulation. But there were side effects from this high estrogen content, and that was primarily the substantial risk of blood clots. If these broke loose and went to the heart, lung or brain, they were very dangerous, and sometimes fatal, even for young women.
During the years since that time, the drug companies have progressively reduced the amount of estrogen in the pill so that now, depending on the pill, it is only 1/20th, or even 1/30th as much as it was when the pill was first introduced. With this reduction in estrogen, there has been a drop in the complication of blood clots, but, with the reduced estrogen, there has been an increase in what we call “breakthrough ovulation.” The estrogen level is so low that it doesn’t suppress ovulation all of the time anymore, and sometimes there is what we call a breakthrough ovulation—ovulation which breaks through the effect of the drug and is simply a plain old ovulation. It just happens. Fertilization, then, can occur. But if fertilization occurs, implantation within the nutrient lining of the womb is prevented by another action of the same pill. That action is a hardening of the lining of the womb. What occurs, then, is an induced micro-abortion at one week of life.
The bottom line, then, for the commonly used contraceptive pill is this: In 97 or 98% of the time, the effect is one of preventing pregnancy. But, in perhaps two or more percent of the time, the effect is abortifacient. There is no way in the normal clinical practice of obstetrics of knowing which is happening, or when.
Based upon what we know of "break-through ovulations" we must ask, if 3-7% of women on "the Pill" actually get pregnant, how many more of these "break-through ovulations" occur and conception happens? Due to the other effect of "the Pill" in making implantation in the uterus nearly impossible (again pointing to the 3-7% where it was actually successful!) what is really happening is an early abortion. In these cases after about one week of life the embryonic baby dies and is aborted. The article linked to this section is a doctor's explanation of these facts.
More Evidence of Break-Through Ovulation and Even Pregnancy
Q. But none of these things happened to my girl friend. She always took her tablet at breakfast time, has not had any stomach upset and hadn’t taken any other medicines. How come she is now pregnant?
A. One possible answer is that your girl friend had what is known as ‘break-through ovulation’. As the name suggests, a woman ovulates even though she always takes her daily dose of the pill, is not sick, and is not taking any other medications.
Proof that break-through ovulation (sometimes also called ‘escape-ovulation’) does occur even under perfect health conditions was first shown by Dr. Nine Van der Vange, State University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Dept. of Obstetrics. & Gynaecology in 1984.
Dr Van der Vange’s research used high resolution ultra-sound which visually showed that women ovulate on the popularly prescribed low dose pill. A blood test confirmed that ovulation had occurred. The pill can have a break-through ovulation rate that can be as high as 17 ovulations per 100 women who used the pill for one year.
Other researchers have shown that the low dose pill has an even higher rate of break-through ovulation of almost 27 ovulations per 100 women per year.
Pregnancy Does Occur While On The Pill
Ovulation can occasionally occur even when a woman never misses a pill [between 1 and 3 of very 100 women get pregnant while on the pill, and "research indicates that figure may be considerably higher, up to 4% for 'good compliers' and 8% for 'poor compliers'" (Potter, "How Effective Are Contraceptives?" Obstetrics and Gynecology 1996; 135:13S-23S.)].
All Forms of "The Pill" are Abortifacient
Convenience-minded women in general either do not know or no longer care that all birth control pills on the market today are abortifacients.
If you're still reading to this point, GOOD! I pray that God guides you to make the proper decisions in your life - and decisions which do not prematurely end the life of any human being.
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