I started using birth control 7 years ago. I was young and had no guidance whatsoever regarding relationships and sex. I was a virgin and entered a relationship that was not stable at all. I decided to start using contraceptives. I was interested in one that was cost effective as I was a student at that time. My choices were narrowed to one- the depo shot. I started using in and I had no outward side effects at all. I was very happy with the birth control. I went along with that year with the normal hustle and bustle of school and work. One day when I came out of a lecture in University, I saw that a couple of nursing students had set up some desks and were taking students blood pressure among other things. One sweet nursing student took several tests and in shock she stated, “Your bone density is way below normal. You should see a doctor”. After research that night, I realized that one of the side effects of the Depo-Provera/Depo Shot is that it eats away your calcium and hence the low bone density. It is important that individuals on this form of birth control take Calcium supplements. I stopped taking the depo shot.
A few years later after I got my daughter, I chose to be on the Mirena. I did extensive research and also spoke to the doctor regarding my choice. He convinced me that the Mirena only releases the hormones into your uterus and that it has “hardly any” side effects. I schedueled an appointment and got fitted for the Intra-Uterine System on Oct 2011. I was 127lbs. A few months later I weighed 150lbs and was noticing gradual change on my physical, emotional and mental health. I did not at once think that it was the Mirena.
In the beginning of January 2014, things took a turn for the worst. I started became stressed, fatigued, anxious and also developed some acne. The acne particularly was strange to me because I have never had skin problems since I was born. I also started having joint pain and on and off again Carpal tunnel issues. One day I was at work and I felt like I was about to pass out and the room was spinning. I immediately ran into the doctor’s office and had several tests done to check for Diabetes, Anemia, Thyroid Problems etc. All tests came back fine and I insisted that he does another round. He had no diagnosis whatsoever so I trusted God for healing through prayer and of course faith.
In May 2014, I stumbled upon several videos, blogs and message boards that spoke about the ills of Mirena. Many women had similar side effects if not worse. I was still not entirely convinced until I spoke to a close friend of mine who had the Mirena System taken out before the 5 years were up. She had gained 70lbs in 3 years and developed thyroid issues. She also mentioned that she became impatient with her child. I then scheduled to take the Mirena out soon after that conversation.
On May 7th 2014, I walked into my OBGYN’s office and had the system removed. I discussed my issues regarding Mirena but he did not seem convinced that it was the system. 2 days later my acne cleared and my energy started to improve. Call me crazy, but I definitely think the Mirena is to blame.
Sex is sacred and was created by God. Sex has certain rules and has a lot of responsibility tied to it. I know I should not be talking about that because I have engaged in pre-marital sex… but now it all makes sense. How I wish my parents would have counseled me on this. Parents of today are so quick to fit such evil contraceptives once they realize their children are sexually active. Their concern seems to be pregnancy. I have several friends who have been using contraceptives since the age of 16. SIXTEEN FOR HEAVENS SAKE!
Sex has become a casual act… like shaking hands. I know that this is not what God had planned. Contraceptives has somewhat been used to aid this lifestyle that we have become accustomed to. We are going against our bodies natural way of functioning and in turn we are paying hefty fines.
Pope Piux XI spoke against contraception:
Any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.- Pope Pius XI
The phrase I would like to stress is the fact that contraceptives deliberately frustrate what nature intended.
Please watch this video that I found on youtube. It will give you more questions than answers…but I think it is worth it the watch.