Reproductive Health and Birth Control


Let me define these two important and controversial issues today based on WHO and WebMD and I quote:

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

"Within the framework of WHO's definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, reproductive health addresses the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life. Reproductive health, therefore, implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.

Implicit in this are the right of men and women to be informed of and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of fertility regulation of their choice, and the right of access to appropriate health care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant."


BIRTH CONTROL
"Birth control is any method used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different methods of birth control including condoms, IUDs, birth control pills, the rhythm method, surgical sterilization, and tubal ligation."


CREDITS

I want to share with you my own experience concerning my health and using birth control or contraceptives.  My husband and I used the rhythm and withdrawal method of contraception. After the birth of our second child, I used to try pills but they had unpleasant effects on my system so I immediately stopped. 

For almost 10 years, we carried on this type of natural way but, unexpectedly this thing happened:

My blog entry dated Oct 30 2008...

I should have memorized this method... I should have known better now,,, It's been eight long years since we started this natural way of controlling our family. We're almost complete, we have a daughter and a son, AYA and KD. Although my husband and I actually talked about plans of having another angel in the family, we're still having second thoughts of going through that same stage again. But I believe that there's a reason why things happen beyond our expectation.

I am waiting for my monthly period to come but unfortunately, it did not. Where did I go wrong? Maybe, I gave in so early but I have counted it right. It's my safe day. I had my first flow last September 23 so, my infertile period would be October 12 to probably 19 until my next period comes.


CREDITS:
Number 1 in red indicates my first day which is September 23


October 20 came... then 21, 22, 23... and my most awaited never arrived. I decided to do self-test and this result is what I got:

self-test_positive
self-test turned to be positive
No doubt, the two lines mean that I am positive of HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. I already have our third baby in my belly.

Every woman has the right to choose whether or not she will use any contraception or just rely on natural method. Couples should be responsible enough to decide what's best for their family.  The issue at hand regarding Reproductive Health and Birth Control depends on our own beliefs.  Our FAITH may affect our decision but let the DIVINE intervention enlighten all of us.


39 comments:

  1. yes for me this is a personal choice, a personal decision. I am pro life but at the same time we should be responsible too.

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    1. We have diversity of opinions regarding this matter but what's important is... we know what's best for us.

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  2. imho i do not see anything wrong with using contraceptives, parental responsibility is no joke, it's okay to have many kids if i have all the resources to keep them living decently, if i could provide all their basic needs.

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    1. They are dwelling so much on the contraceptives part but like you said it also promotes responsible parenthood.

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    2. Some people really don't care if the RH Bill will become a law especially for those in the depressed areas that actually constitute a huge part of the society. they don't even know what RH bill is.

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    3. That's true it's the depressed areas are those who are uninformed and are the one who at the very least should know being responsible even without RH bill.

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    4. lol! i totally agree with you.. they were not aware of it, or probably aware, but dont even care about it. OMG!

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  3. I do apply contraception as well! I now have four kids and without it, plus discipline of course (oops not me,heheh) we might have had more. Babies are adorable but taking care, feeding and sending to school is the crucial part in parenting.

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    1. I'm officially ligated mother so I have no more worries about getting pregnant again. I don't think this is considered a flaw in my belief.

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  4. Plain and simple, RH gives the people the right to choose. That's why for me they should just pass it and let's start being responsible about it.

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    1. I guess it's time to make a stand and make it happen.

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    2. The delay of passing this bill may cause a lot more controversies so I agree with you in this point.

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  5. I'm pro RH Bill but because of my asthma, I can only use natural methods which is rhythm and withdrawal(for my husband). I can say that it is as effective as pills and the likes .

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  6. The bible never prohibits contraception, and new life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13, 16) so there's nothing wrong in it...Adam and Eve where given the command to procreate, not us...so it is not our primary objective us husbands and wife. However, regarding the RH bill, there are already such bills and those related to reproductive health acts existing...as friends with media people, I've seen how they see it and I can say there really are a few people who will gain from this not really women which they keep putting to the front but mostly drug companies and doctors and whoever's backing the bill.

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    1. husbands and wives pala...ahehehe sometimes I just comment with so much emotions I forget to proofread before publishing. nyahahahah

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  7. Creating such a long-dragging stir in congress. Why can't Filipinos minimize drama in their lives and be done with it? For the love of Isaac Asimov pass the bill already!

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  8. i am pro RH bill .. i dont know why others oppose this when they have not yet read the document ... persuaded by the RC.. but it is not the RC that exist as religion the PH

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    1. I have read every word of it. And I'm anti-RH, not because I'm RC, but because I don't see the need of passing the bill.

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  9. These controversial issues enveloping the RH Bill has gone so far.. as far as Sotto plagiarizing stuff just so he could turn things in his favor. But on a serious note, I'm actually PRO-Life and the bill could actually help educate so many people about this. It's not just all fun. Regardless if a couple decides to take contraceptives or just lets nature do its course, it will still boil down to being responsible for every action made. It's always a matter of choice. :)

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  10. This is a personal choice. It our body anyway. Though we must admit that there are also some of us that needs to be really re-educated again of their responsibilities of being a parent.

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  11. To be honest, I have no stand about the issue yet and it's embarrassing. I need to read the complete bill so I can have my own say. All I know is that I value life :) Like everyone else..

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    1. Don't be embarrassed about not having a stand, yet... People should make informed and intelligent choices. I commend you for not going with the flow and just randomly declaring your support to whoever is on the stand.

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  12. Contraception is a very personal matter between husband and wife.

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  13. If husbands and wives are armed with enough reproductive health knowledge, they are able to properly choose what's best for them.

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  14. Wow! Another angel to your family. Congrats Sis.

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  15. I have not read the draft of RH Bill. But based on personal experience, it is important to plan how many kids you will have and the right spacing. After my youngest son, I personally decided to undergo tubal ligation. It is something permanent and can no longer be reversed because I have to think of my health and my kids' health too. I'm an epileptic and whenever I am pregnant I suffer frequent seizures.

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  16. i tried pills before (on my first marriage) And my hubby now,I did not use any contraceptive, but our son came after 4th year of marriage. I want more but I guess the good Lord,wants only one.

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  17. Wow congrats, i am not apply or used any contraceptives, because i have no baby for almost 9 years :-), anyway congrats to all husband and wife for having a more baby.

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  18. Parents should be responsible for their kids, with or without this so-called bill.

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  19. I haven't experienced using any contraceptives but I have affirmation for this one, as in I am proRHB. What is essential here is correct information and advocacy and educate our people especially husbands and wives.

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  20. It is a personal choice and whether you guys are comfortable with the chosen method or not. Also, it all boils down as to how we start being responsible.

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  21. funny but same thing happened to our family... using same natural method for 4 years and then were having thirdy now... hahaha. maybe sometimes we're just carried away by emotions and forget things... but nonetheless, it's still our blessing. Yahweh bless.

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  22. First congratulations on your third child. :)

    I am also Pro RH Bill especially on the education part. I am hoping people will be educated enough for them to choose the right methods of family planning. Every couple has different preferences regarding that aspect.

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  23. It's everyone's choice and opinion. We can be pro-life advocate at the same time be responsible enough :) congrats on your new angel ^^.

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  24. i am also pro-choice. i think everyone has the right to an informed choice.

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  25. My OB advised me to take this pill whenever my period doesn't come up, see i have polycystic ovarian syndrome and I need to regulate my period so I can have babies someday. Taking contraceptives naman is a matter of choice. Kailangan lang talaga ng responsible parenthood :)

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  26. Great post about RH bill and such. I think, education is the key but the choice and option on what to do with their family should always rely on the family members specially on the mom and pops of the family.

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