When Your Doctor Asks Why You Use Natural Family Planning

You eat organic? Then why do you take the Pil?l

Have you seen this image floating around cyberspace lately? (Hat tip: IUseNFP.com) It reminds me of my postpartum checkup a few months ago. While reviewing my chart, the doctor noticed I had written "Natural Family Planning!" in the box that asks about birth control. Doctor asks, "What made you decide to use natural family planning?" And my response? "Oh ... because I don't want to ... you know ... digest something the World Health Organization labels as a Group I Carcinogen ... you know … [Read more...]

What Catholic Women Think

Lisa and Lydia

A preliminary report, “What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception,” co-authored by Mary Rice Hasson and Michele M. Hill, offers new data about the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception. This report is part of a larger research effort called the Women, Faith, and Culture Project. Report Highlights 13% of church-going Catholic women completely accept the Church’s teachings on family planning. Acceptance of the … [Read more...]

My Prayer for Women During This Year of Faith


When Dr. Tom Neal asked me to write a guest post for the Year of Faith blog, he gave me two instructions: 1) the post must center around women and faith, and 2) it be under 500 words. Seriously? I get one shot on a topic I am most passionate about and am only alloted 500 words? So I cast wide my net, prayed for the Holy Spirit to inspire me, and read, reread ... and reread again Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic letter Porta Fidei (Door of Faith). How surprising that the movie Pleasantville, June … [Read more...]

Birth Control Pill NOT a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer?

Check out this Health Tip of the Day I recently received from my fitness center at work (emphasis added). From: Fitness Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2011 3:49 AM To: Schmidt, Joel Subject: Tip of the Day (BREAST CANCER HEALTH) - 10/02/11 *** Today's Tip:  BREAST CANCER HEALTH Breast cancer, affecting one in eight women, is one of the most common cancers in women of all major racial and ethnic groups in the United States. We still don’t know the best way to prevent breast cancer, but there … [Read more...]