A Gynecologist Explains His Profession’s Obsessive Attachment to Birth Control

An experienced gynecologist regularly updates me with the latest medical journal articles about contraception.  It’s a great tool for evaluating the medical establishment’s beliefs and plans for the future of women and birth control.

His latest email contained even more crucial information: how women’s “need” for contraception is an item of irrational “faith” among gynecologists.

Whether or not you have religious qualms or health fears about contraception, his insights about what goes on in this wing of medicine are important to women. Here are his major points, quoted here for you:

1. “This idea of contraception is literally a religion to some people – and I do not say that with any sarcasm.  It forms a core system of beliefs that, even when met with reason, still remain. They worship at the altar of contraception and abortion despite any argument that these may harm women, much less the unborn….I believe that they will go out of their way to avoid any and all discussions from the opposing point of view.  This is due, at least I think, to some subconscious understanding that these beliefs are somehow fragile from a philosophical standpoint.”

2. Gynecologists’ prescriptions are often a matter of reflex, not medical reflectionbut patients defer to them anyway: “Prior to having my epiphany with contraception, I prescribed hundreds, if not thousands of scripts for oral contraceptives.  While done with little consent, it was done mostly out of habit. Someone just had a baby – of course they need contraception.  A woman is 35 years old and has three kids – of course she is done with having children so just ‘offer’ her contraception.  There was little foresight on my part of realizing that women may want more children.  As a gynecologist recommending contraception, [my offer] was very influential to the patient.

I would consent patients for tubal ligation during their pregnancy and the consent process was driven by my own beliefs.  A mother of four who was older just needed to have a tubal ligation.  A young woman who had already had two kids out of wedlock with different fathers certainly needed to have a tubal ligation.  Furthermore, I was doing society a favor.  This thinking is toxic, yet prevalent in OB/GYN.”

3. “If you do admit to an opposing view that challenges these core beliefs, then the chance for promotion or advancement decrease significantly.”

In other words, when it comes to contraception, doctors’ behavior could easily be characterized as “nonmedical” or even straight up ideological.  Buyer beware.

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