Usage of Contraceptives?

Q&A Snippet: “Is the use of contraceptives permitted if the family does not have the means to bring up children?”

Also related to this question is this, “This family couldn’t afford another child. It is reasonable for them to terminate their pregnancy. By the way, they are plenty of orphans and unwanted children in the world. Why bring another unwanted child into this world?”

“Addendum: Slip of the tongue at 2:30. When referring to non-contraceptive usages of the combined pill, I meant relieving symptoms of *endometriosis* (not ectopic pregnancy), treatment of hirsutism and acne. A Freudian slip as I just talked about ectopic pregnancy and the principle of double effect.” – Vincent Chia

Here is a useful list of non-contraceptive benefits of the combined pill:

  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Mittelschmerz
  • Metrorrhagia
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Hirsutism
  • Ovarian and endometrial cancer
  • Functional ovarian cysts
  • Benign breast cysts
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Acne
  • Endometriosis

Source: Sylvia l. Cerel-Suhl et al, “Update on Oral Contraceptive Pills,” American Family Physician 60, no. 7 (1999):2073-2084.


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