Inconceivable! Time and again in The Princess Bride, Vizzini spouts this word. With the man in black climbing the Cliffs of Insanity, Vizzini cuts the rope hoping the man in black would fall, but he doesn’t. When Fezzik points out this fact, of course Vizzini shouts it again, “Inconceivable!” Then the great Inigo Montoya turns to the bald man and says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think is means.”
Montoya might say the same to us whenever he heard someone talk about birth control. Inducing delivery, the use of Pitocin to increase contractions, or bed rest to delay labor might all be considered birth control; but that’s not what’s being talked about when we say birth control. When we say birth control we’re really talking about pregnancy control.
Birth is the natural result of a pregnancy. Pregnancy is the natural result of a man and woman having sex. So if we’re attempting to control pregnancy the necessary ingredient is self-control when it comes to sex.
Have you ever been to a theme park, like Six Flags, Walt Disney World, or Universal Studios, where they have water rides? The ones where a bunch of people get on a boat that travels up a big hill and then races down the other side until is SPLASHES at the bottom soaking everyone on board and many of the spectators.
(If you’re still not sure what I mean you can watch this.)
Most people ride when it’s hot outside and are excited about the refreshing dousing they’ll receive. Others step on more reluctantly, sometimes wearing ponchos, hoping they’ll be able to ride but not get wet. It doesn’t work. If you were running the ride and a guest didn’t want to get wet, what would you tell them? Would you tell them to put on a poncho, to sit on a towel, to keep their feet off the floor. Or might you tell them to stay off the ride?
When people think about
birth pregnancy control they’re trying to get on the ride and hoping they won’t get wet. It doesn’t work. Whether you use barrier methods, like condoms or diaphragms; chemical methods, like pills or patches; or surgical methods, like an IUD or a Vasectomy, there is still a chance you will get pregnant. There is only one way to actually control pregnancy and that’s to stay off the ride – abstinence.
You can abstain, or choose not to do, all sorts of things. People abstain from coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, etc. Most of the time you hear the word abstinence though, it’s talking about abstaining from sex. Remember, sex leads to pregnancy and pregnancy leads to birth, so if you want to take control of birth you must take control of sex.
Go back to our water ride example. When a guest is waiting in line, do they have control of whether or not they get wet? How about when they’re at the front of the line, looking at the boat? Yep, they still do. But once they step on the boat they’re releasing control and allowing things to happen as they will. Guess what, they’re going to get wet.
Sex has lots of different benefits. It can be pleasurable. It can unite couples in intimate ways. But ultimately, sex leads to pregnancy and pregnancy leads to birth. Babies are a benefit too. In fact, many believe babies are the best benefit. If you have questions about birth control it likely means you don’t currently desire a baby. If you don’t currently desire a baby, they you want to make sure you don’t get pregnant. If you don’t want to get pregnant there’s only one way to keep control – stay off the ride. Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy, so it’s without a doubt the best form of
birth pregnancy control.