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Question... I know from reading past entries that fertility… 
19th-Dec-2008 02:37 pm

I know from reading past entries that fertility treatments are not permitted. However, after conception, are early measures to prevent miscarriage such as progesterone suppositories or cervical cerclage okay? TIA!
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19th-Dec-2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying :)

So would a wife getting IUI with her husband's sperm run counter to Humanae Vitae, or just IVF/surrogacy/etc?
19th-Dec-2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I goofed and deleted what I wrote...
19th-Dec-2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
No, those treatments interfere with the marital relationship as the source of the procreation. They bring someone else into the process.

However, drugs that stimulate ovulation do not have the same effect.

There is a paper from the UCCB about this, I will go dig it up.
19th-Dec-2008 07:52 pm (UTC)

Apparently IUI is under discussion from this piece, but not approved.
19th-Dec-2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank ya!! :)

If you don't mind my asking, it leads to one other question. I know that often people with PCOS will go on hormonal birth control for a short period of time to prepare their ovaries for Clomid (I don't know too much about it but apparently the Clomid is more likely to induce ovulation after a period of time on HBC). Would that be acceptable?
19th-Dec-2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know the answer to that question. I think it would be in the undecided category. You would not be able to have sex while on it as it would be illicit contraception. However, I don't know if the drug itself would be considered a problem in the absence of the contraceptive effect.

That is a question for someone more knowledgeable than me.
20th-Dec-2008 02:27 am (UTC)
You would not be able to have sex while on it as it would be illicit contraception.

Not exactly true. If you're using it for a purpose other than contraception, the fact that it's providing contraception is just a "side effect." It's the same for women who have to use hormones to make their bleeding more tolerable (less painful, for instance). It's all about your intent.
20th-Dec-2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure that is NOT correct.

That is an argument used by people within the Church who want to change the rule, but that is NOT the rule. It is the argument put forward about condoms when one partner has a communicable disease. It is not accepted.

Further, you can choose to abstain. If you choose to have sex while you are on hormonal birth control, you are choosing to have contraceptive sex. It is not open to procreation.
19th-Dec-2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Certain fertility treatments run counter to Humanae Vitae. Fertility treatment per se isn't the problem.

If the treatmeat maintains the marital relationship as the source of the procreation, it is fine.

For instance, drugs that stimulate ovulation are permissible. Also, hormone therapies for people with hormone imbalances whether thyroid or progesterone, etc are fine.

The Catholic Church is not opposed to science or the treatment of reproductive disorders. The belief is that reproduction should take place within marriage within the context of the marital relationship.
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