The easiest solution here would be for her to ask for hormonal replacement,
not the pill. You can take estrogen and progesterone without it being in
pill form; although taking the estrogen simulates the pre-ovulatory part of
the cycle but keeps you from ovulating, so the first thing to try is a
progesterone only replacement. This will likely solve the particular
symptoms she is talking about, as long as it is EXTENDED RELEASE (non
extended release is going to give the same cramping, etc).
From: Erin Arlinghaus [mailto:erinarlinghaus@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: [cinnfp] question about non-medicinal ways of regulating cycles
>Putting aside the tone of the response, isn't it the case that ob/gyns have
no clue about cycles and feritility and >regulation and they overproscribe
the pill to regulate irregularities? Isn't this one of the points about NFP
that it >helps us to understand the woman's body and (as I've been reminded
here) take a natural approach.
Well, the tone of the response---and the fact that she called it "my
contraception"--- indicates to me that this person doesn't have a very open
mind and is looking for an excuse to use the pill now while she is single
and possibly intending to continue using it during marriage or another
sexual relationship. She also sounds like a classic doctor-worshipper
(only a gynecologist has the right to comment?!? The loving husband of a
woman who's had the same problem wouldn't have the right to comment?!?) So,
don't feel bad if you try to respond and she rebuffs you.
I don't think ALL ob/gyns are clueless, but I've never been to see one who
knew anything about NFP. A gentle suggestion that the pill will likely
*mask* problems rather than *solve* them, and a suggestion that she try
natural treatments before resorting to the pill, "especially since she seems
aware that it is not allowed for contraception purposes, might be
appropriate. So would the suggestion that because the pill is
abortifacient, total abstinence would be most prudent. She won't like to
hear it and will probably call you crazy, but she may need to hear it.
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