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January 17, 2006 | 10 comments

Infertility is a huge topic, as large in its own way as the topic of birth control. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do it justice. I fully recognize that this can be an extremely sensitive issue for couples for many reasons. I absolutely do not judge any patients for making choices in dealing with infertility that I would not recommend professionally. I also fully celebrate the life of all children of God, regardless of how they were conceived. With this background in place, I wish simply to make three points. Read more »

Postfertilization effects of birth control methods

January 17, 2006 | 6 comments

In considering options of which birth control method to use, couples have a variety of factors that they may consider. Read more »

Embryonic stem cell research

January 17, 2006 | 24 comments

The issue of embryonic stem cells has been discussed in this forum before, here, here and here. Ongoing current events, however, make this issue salient for another examination. Read more »

Beginning of Human Life

January 16, 2006 | 56 comments

When does human life begin? This phrasing of this question as it is commonly stated is imprecise and can be misleading. Let’s look at some more precise questions. Read more »

NFP part 3- Interest and use

January 8, 2006 | 46 comments

Natural family planning (NFP) Part 3- Interest and use Read more »

NFP part 2- Summary of methods and effectiveness

January 8, 2006 | one comment

Natural family planning (NFP) Part 2- Summary of NFP methods and effectiveness Read more »

Natural family planning part 1- Medical overview

January 7, 2006 | 4 comments

NFP is not a single method. Rather, it is a group of different “methods for planning and preventing pregnancies by observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle, with the avoidance of intercourse during the fertile phase if pregnancy is to be avoided.” (World Health Organization, 1982) Read more »

Features of an ideal family planning method

December 30, 2005 | 62 comments

Before posting on natural family planning (NFP) or any other family planning methods specifically, I think it is worthwhile to consider a more general question: What would you consider the features of an ideal method of family planning? I am talking here about features, not about any specific method. For reasons that may become apparent below, I prefer the broader term “family planning” to the terms “birth control” or “contraception.” Read more »

Are sex and procreation connected?

December 28, 2005 | 171 comments

First, I’d like to thank Matt Evans for the invitation to be a guest contributor to T&S. On the too few occasions that I’ve taken the time to look through T&S, I’ve seen a lot of interesting and often edifying discussions. I hope I can contribute constructively. For my first contribution, I’d like to address the question: Is there a connection between having sex and having children? Read more »


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