I feel a bit of umbrage when someone who hasn’t experienced problems with female health issues makes the assertion that the pill, “contraception for women were NEVER designed to improve their health.” This gives the implication that the pill can never be used to help with more severe female health issues when that isn’t the case. As a female who has severe endometriosis I have experienced the good of the “pill”, it helping with me severe pain. Maybe I’m being a little touchy on this subject but it is so disappointing when men or women who have had no experience in this area, as far as experiencing major female problems, insinuate or claim that the “pill” can never improve your health. Obviously the intention of the creator of the “pill” and other contraceptives was to prevent conception. The pill was designed particularly for this purpose. With the exception of the above issue which ruffled my feathers Fr. Jason Smith at Biltrix wrote a great post called What Every Married Couple Should Know About the Truth of Sex and the Lie of Contraception which I encourage everyone to read.
Last year when I struggled in making a decision of whether it was licit to take birth control pills if it was for a severe health condition I wrote a post called Women’s Health, Conscience, and Humanae Vitae asking for people’s’ opinions and advice on the matter. Unfortunately, in the end “the pill” didn’t help and I needed a hysterectomy. When taking the “pill” for a medical condition the woman needs to weigh the risks of the side effects with the need to take the pill for the medical condition. There are some serious side effects that can occur when taking the ” pill” – blood clots in legs and brains and breast cancer – but then again, every medicine has side effects so women just need to make informed decisions. Now, there may be better health care options to treat certain female conditions which are more aligned with Catholic teaching but I’m not sure whether there is or not.
I will leave you with a quote from the encyclical Humanae Vitae:
15. On the other hand, the Church does not consider at all illicit the use of those therapeutic means necessary to cure bodily diseases, even if a foreseeable impediment to procreation should result there from—provided such impediment is not directly intended for any motive whatsoever. (19)
So taking the “pill” for therapeutic reasons is NOT illicit and is in line with teachings of the Catholic Church.