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Birth Control Methods

Below is a set of six general categories of birth control that you will evaluate for your classmates:

Pills/patches/rings (estrogen + progestin based)
Sympto-thermal + condom/diaphragm
Intra-uterine devices (such as ParaGard, Mirena)
Surgical - vasectomy (male sterilization)
Surgical - tubal ligation (female sterilization)
Male withdrawal during sexual relations.

Preparing for your Thread:

1. Compare each of these six categories against the following four criteria: a) protects the rare new life formed while the method is in use , b) protects maternal (paternal?) health c) is reversible and d) is effective. It is assumed that these four criteria are not equally important. Ignore the following criteria: e) value in preventing STDs, f) cost, and g) ease of use.

2. Chose the category of birth control that you discover to represent the best balance of these four criteria. Assume that you are selecting this birth control for a young, married woman with no unusual sexual health issues. Avoid exceptional personal experiences by generalizing from the four reference sources above.

Writing your Thread

1a. Either: Represent your choice using three numbered sentences: Sentence 1 (very short) states the category you have chosen. Sentence 2 (using many phrases) explains the principle virtues of your category in light of the above 4 criteria. Sentence 3 lists the single greatest limitation of your category. No personal experiences/stories, please. Limit is 100 words total over the three sentences.

1b. Or: If you categorically will/would not use any birth control method, use your sentences in the following way: 1) State your position and give a Biblical passage (reference only) that urges you toward your position. 2) Explain which category of birth control least offends you and why. 3) Explain which category of birth control most troubles you and why.

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I would select the sympto-thermal + condom/diaphragm method for the young married woman. For a couple wanting to prevent pregnancy, this method would be the best ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides a comparison of 6 birth control methods using 4 different criteria.

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