Another serious side-effect common to both spermicides and condoms is pre-clampsia, an abnormal condition of pregnancy, beginning around the 20th week, in which a woman suffers from high blood pressure. This condition occurs in 5% to 7% of pregnancies, with treatment ranging from bed rest to sedatives and antihypertensives. 535 Until recently the cause of pre-clampsia remained unkown “despite 100 years of research by thousands of investigators”.536
An indication of why pre-clampsia occurs in certain categories of women has been suggested by two articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (1989).537 538 It was reported by researchers that women who had used barrier methods of contraception (spermicides, condoms) up to one month prior to pregnancy had a 2.4 times greater risk of developing pre-clampsia. This is a 140% greater risk. The association of immediate pre-pregnancy contraceptive practice with pre-clampsia occurrence has allowed for an unravelling of the complex but interesting reason for this medical condition. The precise biological mechanism leading to pre-clampsia is explained by Prof. Rahwan:
“… Barrier contraceptives…prevent uterine exposure to sperm and seminal fluid [and] do not allow the female immunological system to develop gradual tolerance to male antigens on sperm and seminal fluid that would otherwise normally develop upon repeated exposure to these foreign antigens. As a consequence, a subsequent pregnancy in a female who previously used barrier methods of contraception will lead to an immunological attack against the (foetus) which carry the sperm antigens to which the female was not previously exposed as a result of the barrier contraceptive. The resulting maternal immunological attack against the invading placental tissue (which originates from the conceptus) results in placental damage and liberation of vasoactive substances (including prostaglandins) that may be responsible for the early onset of labour in these patients.”.539
This disruption to the ‘delicate balance’ of the naturally occurring hormones which are responsible for the control of blood pressure leads to a dominance by the hormones which cause blood vessels to constrict. When blood vessels constrict, there is an elevation in blood pressure which in the pregnant woman is known as pre-clampsia. Given the complexity of the biochemical interactions, it is understandable that the explanation and the link with recent use of spermicides has taken so long to establish.
In summary: the view that barrier methods are safe or dependable has no basis in fact. Pregnancy, disease (both minor and serious) and significant medical conditions are clearly attributable to the use of spermicides and condoms. The propagation of contrary views is an erroneous activity devoid of any rational underpinning. As such, the current public health policy on reproductive and sexual health stands condemned for its promotion of spermicides and condoms as positive health options. It is time for a serious and honest reappraisal of the evidence by government health regulatory authorities.
[pages 135-136, A Consumer’s Guide to the Pill and other Drugs, by John Wilks B.Pharm. M.P.S]
Common sense calls: God made us a certain way, and it just makes sense that when we live contrary to His intentions, bad things will happen. As I read the passage above from the book, I was impressed with the logic of it all: we can’t go against God’s design without serious, far-reaching consequences. God made sex to happen a certain way, and we go against that at our own peril, non-believers and believers alike.
He did not make sex with the assumption that we would introduce into this sacred act condoms, spermicides, pills, etc. to “control” it all. No, He made sex for procreation. Duh. I wish I could scream this out to all Christians who claim to love Christ but live a lifestyle of, well, basically sexual perversion with their spouses. I know what I just said sounds extreme, and is totally counter-cultural; but, might it be true? I think it is. Time to get back to how God originally intended us to live…