10.21
Ditch the Pill Years Before You Plan to Start a Family

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Pregnancy Announcement

We’re Catholics, so we think there are lots of good reasons to ditch artificial birth control in favor of Natural Family Planning or The Fertility Awareness Method, but one of the least discussed reasons is that when you are ready to start a family, having used the Pill in the past makes it more difficult to conceiveDitch the Pill Years Before You Plan to Start a Family.  After the jump, a picture of my daughter falling asleep while eating pizza. Because, why not?

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7.18
Misc: Why Some Women Aren’t Using Artificial Birth Control

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Natural Family Planning

It’s natural family planning awareness week. Hilly Mast writes for the Catholic News Agency blog about why some women are choosing Natural Family Planning over artificial contraception, like the birth control pill. Read about it here: Why Women Are Not Using Birth Control. More from Ethika Politika here: The Paradox of Crunchy Women and Chemical Birth Control

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5.17
New Report Suggests The Pill Shrinks Parts of Women’s Brains

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brain-illustration

A recent study out of UCLA suggests that hormonal contraceptives thin parts of women’s brains and affect their functioning. “You might think after 50 years and hundreds of millions of women taking various incarnations of the pill, there would be a large, cohesive and impressive body of evidence on it, but there’s next to nothing.” More from The Register here: New Report Suggests The Pill Shrinks Parts of Women’s Brains

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1.9
For Birth Control, What’s Old is New Again

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In Bed by Henri-de-toulouse-lautrec-

More and more women are quitting the pill and trying Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) or Natural Family Planning (NFP), which is the method that orthodox Catholics use. More from CNN here: For Birth Control, What’s Old is New Again (The painting above is: In Bed by by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec)

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10.13
Misc: Synod on Family Midterm Report

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Synod on the Family

Fr. James Martin SJ has written of the midterm report from the Synod on the Family,”This is a stunning change in the way that the Catholic church speaks about gay people.” Read the rest of his remarks and read the midterm report from Vatican News Service after the jump:

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