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The Contraception Guide Book (Christian Medical Association Resources Series)

William CutrerSandra Glahn

The Contraception Guide Book (Christian Medical Association Resources Series)

William CutrerSandra Glahn

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Options, Risks, and Answers for Christian Couples This thorough, engagingly written guidebook equips Christian couples to make fully informed decisions about the deeply personal questions of contraception. Written in a conversational, first-person style, the book provides couples solid medical information on every option, old and new, with success rates and risk factors. The authors explore the multiple sides of spiritual and ethical considerations surrounding contraception. Using key biblical passages, they reveal how the Bible can guide us by giving solid underlying principles. Written by a male ob-gyn physician/theologian and a female journalist/theologian, The Contraception Guidebook is packed with scenarios and dilemmas of real-life couples, with questions for discussion at the end of each chapter to help Christian couples sort through their options.

- Publisher The Contraception GuidebookCopyright 2005 by Sandra L. Glahn and William R. CutrerRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataCutrer, William, 1951-The contraception guidebook : options, risks, and answers for christian couples /William R. Cutrer and Sandra L. Glahn.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN-10: 0-310-25407-8 (softcover)ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25407-21. Contraception-Popular works. 2. Contraception-Religious aspects-Christianity.I. Glahn, Sandra, 1958- . II. Title.RG136.2.C88 2005613.9''4-dc222004029111All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Usedby permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995.Used by permission.Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James version of the Bible.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you.These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan,nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, orany other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of thepublisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Chapter 1HOWMANY CHILDRENDO YOUWANT?How many children do you want?For more than twenty years, when engaged couples havecome to me for premarital counsel-either in my capacity as aphysician or as a pastor-I have asked them to sit back to back sothey can''t see each other''s response and then have asked them toraise the number of fingers for the number of children they hope tohave. Rarely have both the man and woman given the same answer.This exercise helps many couples realize that in their plans formarriage, an important consideration has been left out. "How many?"and "When?" can be complex questions.- An engaged woman attending a Christian college overhearsone of her professors explaining why he has six children:"We don''t use contraception-that would mean a lack offaith. We prefer to trust God." She wonders how she and herfiance will balance "stepping out in faith" with weighing thepros and cons and making wise decisions.- A wife has been using the pill, but she and her husbandrecently heard that the pill causes abortion by killing theearly embryo. Now they have second thoughts and are tryingto figure out what method of contraception, if any, is bestfor them.- Feeling her biological clock ticking, a wife is eager to stopusing contraception. Her husband, concerned to first establishfinancial security, wants to wait. Their endless discussionsabout when to stop using contraception are getting themnowhere.- Acouple with five children have always thought it was wrongto use contraception but have now been told that the wife''shealth would be endangered if she were to have another child.They have no idea where to begin in considering the options.- An engaged couple plans to use contraception after theymarry, but they have no idea what options are available andwhich ones fit within their pro-life beliefs.Each of the individuals in these situations has desired to honorGod with his or her choices, so they have turned to Scripture forguidance. There they''ve found much written about living sexuallypure lives but nothing directly about contraception-the deliberateprevention of pregnancy.Some people assume that the Bible is silent about contraceptionbecause it did not exist in Bible tim

- Publisher The Contraception Guidebook Copyright 2005 by Sandra L. Glahn and William R. Cutrer Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Cutrer, William, 1951- The contraception guidebook : options, risks, and answers for christian couples / William R. Cutrer and Sandra L. Glahn. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25407-8 (softcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25407-2 1. Contraception-Popular works. 2. Contraception-Religious aspects-Christianity. I. Glahn, Sandra, 1958- . II. Title. RG136.2.C88 2005 613.9'4-dc22 2004029111 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James version of the Bible. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chapter 1 HOWMANY CHILDREN DO YOUWANT? How many children do you want? For more than twenty years, when engaged couples have come to me for premarital counsel-either in my capacity as a physician or as a pastor-I have asked them to sit back to back so they can't see each other's response and then have asked them to raise the number of fingers for the number of children they hope to have. Rarely have both the man and woman given the same answer. This exercise helps many couples realize that in their plans for marriage, an important consideration has been left out. "How many?" and "When?" can be complex questions. - An engaged woman attending a Christian college overhears one of her professors explaining why he has six children: "We don't use contraception-that would mean a lack of faith. We prefer to trust God." She wonders how she and her fiance will balance "stepping out in faith" with weighing the pros and cons and making wise decisions. - A wife has been using the pill, but she and her husband recently heard that the pill causes abortion by killing the early embryo. Now they have second thoughts and are trying to figure out what method of contraception, if any, is best for them. - Feeling her biological clock ticking, a wife is eager to stop using contraception. Her husband, concerned to first establish financial security, wants to wait. Their endless discussions about when to stop using contraception are getting them nowhere. - Acouple with five children have always thought it was wrong to use contraception but have now been told that the wife's health would be endangered if she were to have another child. They have no idea where to begin in considering the options. - An engaged couple plans to use contraception after they marry, but they have no idea what options are available and which ones fit within their pro-life beliefs. Each of the individuals in these

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Options, Risks, and Answers for Christian Couples This thorough, engagingly written guidebook equips Christian couples to make fully informed decisions about the deeply personal questions of contraception. Written in a conversational, first-person style, the book provides couples solid medical information on every option, old and new, with success rates and risk factors. The authors explore the multiple sides of spiritual and ethical considerations surrounding contraception. Using key biblical passages, they reveal how the Bible can guide us by giving solid underlying principles. Written by a male ob-gyn physician/theologian and a female journalist/theologian, The Contraception Guidebook is packed with scenarios and dilemmas of real-life couples, with questions for discussion at the end of each chapter to help Christian couples sort through their options.
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The Contraception GuidebookCopyright 2005 by Sandra L. Glahn and William R. CutrerRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataCutrer, William, 1951-The contraception guidebook : options, risks, and answers for christian couples /William R. Cutrer and Sandra L. Glahn.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN-10: 0-310-25407-8 (softcover)ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25407-21. Contraception-Popular works. 2. Contraception-Religious aspects-Christianity.I. Glahn, Sandra, 1958- . II. Title.RG136.2.C88 2005613.9''4-dc222004029111All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Usedby permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995.Used by permission.Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James version of the Bible.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you.These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan,nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, orany other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of thepublisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Chapter 1HOWMANY CHILDRENDO YOUWANT?How many children do you want?For more than twenty years, when engaged couples havecome to me for premarital counsel-either in my capacity as aphysician or as a pastor-I have asked them to sit back to back sothey can''t see each other''s response and then have asked them toraise the number of fingers for the number of children they hope tohave. Rarely have both the man and woman given the same answer.This exercise helps many couples realize that in their plans formarriage, an important consideration has been left out. "How many?"and "When?" can be complex questions.- An engaged woman attending a Christian college overhearsone of her professors explaining why he has six children:"We don''t use contraception-that would mean a lack offaith. We prefer to trust God." She wonders how she and herfiance will balance "stepping out in faith" with weighing thepros and cons and making wise decisions.- A wife has been using the pill, but she and her husbandrecently heard that the pill causes abortion by killing theearly embryo. Now they have second thoughts and are tryingto figure out what method of contraception, if any, is bestfor them.- Feeling her biological clock ticking, a wife is eager to stopusing contraception. Her husband, concerned to first establishfinancial security, wants to wait. Their endless discussionsabout when to stop using contraception are getting themnowhere.- Acouple with five children have always thought it was wrongto use contraception but have now been told that the wife''shealth would be endangered if she were to have another child.They have no idea where to begin in considering the options.- An engaged couple plans to use contraception after theymarry, but they have no idea what options are available andwhich ones fit within their pro-life beliefs.Each of the individuals in these situations has desired to honorGod with his or her choices, so they have turned to Scripture forguidance. There they''ve found much written about living sexuallypure lives but nothing directly about contraception-the deliberateprevention of pregnancy.Some people assume that the Bible is silent about contraceptionbecause it did not exist in Bible tim
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The Contraception Guidebook Copyright 2005 by Sandra L. Glahn and William R. Cutrer Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Cutrer, William, 1951- The contraception guidebook : options, risks, and answers for christian couples / William R. Cutrer and Sandra L. Glahn. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25407-8 (softcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25407-2 1. Contraception-Popular works. 2. Contraception-Religious aspects-Christianity. I. Glahn, Sandra, 1958- . II. Title. RG136.2.C88 2005 613.9'4-dc22 2004029111 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James version of the Bible. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chapter 1 HOWMANY CHILDREN DO YOUWANT? How many children do you want? For more than twenty years, when engaged couples have come to me for premarital counsel-either in my capacity as a physician or as a pastor-I have asked them to sit back to back so they can't see each other's response and then have asked them to raise the number of fingers for the number of children they hope to have. Rarely have both the man and woman given the same answer. This exercise helps many couples realize that in their plans for marriage, an important consideration has been left out. "How many?" and "When?" can be complex questions. - An engaged woman attending a Christian college overhears one of her professors explaining why he has six children: "We don't use contraception-that would mean a lack of faith. We prefer to trust God." She wonders how she and her fiance will balance "stepping out in faith" with weighing the pros and cons and making wise decisions. - A wife has been using the pill, but she and her husband recently heard that the pill causes abortion by killing the early embryo. Now they have second thoughts and are trying to figure out what method of contraception, if any, is best for them. - Feeling her biological clock ticking, a wife is eager to stop using contraception. Her husband, concerned to first establish financial security, wants to wait. Their endless discussions about when to stop using contraception are getting them nowhere. - Acouple with five children have always thought it was wrong to use contraception but have now been told that the wife's health would be endangered if she were to have another child. They have no idea where to begin in considering the options. - An engaged couple plans to use contraception after they marry, but they have no idea what options are available and which ones fit within their pro-life beliefs. Each of the individuals in these
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Meet the Authors

William Cutrer

William R. Cutrer (M.D., University of Kentucky) is a recognized expert in reproductive technology and medical ethics. A licensed obstetrician/gynecologist who specialized in the treatment of infertility for more than fifteen years, he also holds a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister. Currently he is the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage; Lethal Harvest; Deadly Cure and The Church Leader's Handbook: A Guide to Counseling Families and Individuals in Crisis along with a number of other books.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Sandra Glahn

Sandra Glahn, ThM, is adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, her alma mater. She is the coauthor of eight books, including the CBA bestseller and Christy Award finalist, Lethal Harvest. She is also editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Kindred Spirit. Glahn is currently pursuing a PhD in aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She serves on the board of the Dallas Christian Medical/Dental Associations and the advisory board of Hannah's Prayer.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Foreword 9
  • Preface 13
  • Acknowledgments 17
  • Part 1: Myths And Facts
  • 1. How Many Children Do You Want? 21
  • 2. You Won't Get Pregnant If...25
  • 3. The Why Of Sex 33
  • 4. How Our Bodies Work 43
  • Part 2: Contraception: Options, Risks, And Choices
  • 5. Planned Periodic Abstinence 53
  • 6. A Trip To The Pharmacy: Chemicals And Barriers 71
  • 7. What About The Pill? 85
  • 8. Do Birth Control Pills Cause Abortion? 101
  • 9. Other Hormone Therapy Options 113
  • 10. Under The Knife: Procedures For Her 129
  • 11. His Turn: Vasectomy 143
  • 12. The Future Of Contraception 153
  • Part 3: We Are Family
  • 13. Unless The Lord Builds The House . . . 165
  • 14. When You're Ready To Add To Your Family 179
  • Appendix 1: Communication: For Couples 189
  • Considering Conception
  • Appendix 2: Christian Medical And Dental Associations 193
  • Position Statements
  • 1. Possible Postfertilization Effects Of Hormonal 193
  • Birth Control
  • 2. Human Sexuality 194
  • 3. Abortion 196
  • 4. Reproductive Technology 196
  • Notes 201
  • Glossary 211
  • Resources 225
  • Index 229

Excerpt

Excerpt from: The Contraception Guide Book (Christian Medical Association Resources Series)

Chapter 1 HOWMANY CHILDREN DO YOUWANT? How many children do you want? For more than twenty years, when engaged couples have come to me for premarital counsel---either in my capacity as a physician or as a pastor---I have asked them to sit back to back so they can't see each other's response and then have asked them to raise the number of fingers for the number of children they hope to have. Rarely have both the man and woman given the same answer. This exercise helps many couples realize that in their plans for marriage, an important consideration has been left out. 'How many?' and 'When?' can be complex questions. * An engaged woman attending a Christian college overhears one of her professors explaining why he has six children: 'We don't use contraception---that would mean a lack of faith. We prefer to trust God.' She wonders how she and her fiance will balance 'stepping out in faith' with weighing the pros and cons and making wise decisions. * A wife has been using the pill, but she and her husband recently heard that the pill causes abortion by killing the early embryo. Now they have second thoughts and are trying to figure out what method of contraception, if any, is best for them. * Feeling her biological clock ticking, a wife is eager to stop using contraception. Her husband, concerned to first establish financial security, wants to wait. Their endless discussions about when to stop using contraception are getting them nowhere. * Acouple with five children have always thought it was wrong to use contraception but have now been told that the wife's health would be endangered if she were to have another child. They have no idea where to begin in considering the options. * An engaged couple plans to use contraception after they marry, but they have no idea what options are available and which ones fit within their pro-life beliefs. Each of the individuals in these situations has desired to honor God with his or her choices, so they have turned to Scripture for guidance. There they've found much written about living sexually pure lives but nothing directly about contraception---the deliberate prevention of pregnancy. Some people assume that the Bible is silent about contraception because it did not exist in Bible times. Yet some methods, such as withdrawal, have been around for thousands of years, as we will discuss. This raises even more questions. Is the Bible silent on the subject because it is a relatively unimportant issue? Or were certain practices assumed? In exploring such questions, we will draw on our theological training and our discussions with hundreds of couples. In addition, my many years of medical practice as an obstetrician and gynecologist, my experience in pastoral ministry, and my years of teaching at the seminary level provide case studies and quotes that come from real-life encounters. LET'S TALK ABOUT IT 1. How many children do you want? How many children does your spouse want? 2. Is there a difference between the two numbers? 3. Did you know this before you married? 4. Have either of your changed your minds about this since you married? PART 1: MYTHS AND 22 FACTS 5. Have you come to a consensus about family building? If not, what needs to happen for you to find a place of oneness? 6. In general, how do you as a couple handle conflict resolution? Would you say you 'find one another's heart'? Does one of you tend to give in while the other gets his or her way? Do you both seek unity and godliness through love? If not, what steps need to be taken to move in that direction?

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