Original
Western Astrology

Birth Control

by Astrology.com September 29, 2009 02:50 PM EST

Birth Control

Birth control has probably existed since back when Eve contemplated the apple. Women have used various methods from herbs to rhythm to abstinence, but the birth control pill gave us a reliable choice for the first time. The decision of when to become pregnant as well as the option not to bear a child, yet have a full sexual life, radically altered the picture for women.

Corresponding to the women's movement and the classic court decision of Roe v. Wade, the sexual revolution hinged in great part on the existence of that tiny hormone-regulator known as the Pill. At the same time, global awareness of the planetary consequences of over-population lent even greater weight to this question of choice. Unfortunately, some governments (such as China's) took that information to the extremes of enforced sterilization.

While religion is still a strong force in many women's decisions regarding birth control all over the world, the power of the priests has lessened somewhat in some places. The stigma of "illegitimate" children has also lessened, with many women opting to have a child out of wedlock and sometimes completely on their own.

Forms of birth control are myriad starting with the classic condom, which has become even more desirable with its added role as the means to protect against disease. Other "modern" inventions range from the IUD, the diaphragm, the cervical cap, the contraceptive sponge, hormonal implants and injections, the female condom, and even the "morning-after" pill.

Share a free sample 2014 New Astrology Forecast. Get your 2014 New Astrology Forecast featuring your Chinese and Western Signs today!

Many women complain that science has never put enough resources or effort into inventing a better form of birth control because it's primarily a woman's responsibility not a man's. Now that more of us have moved into the scientific field, more extensive research may be able to move forward on alternative and improved methods of birth control -- provided researchers can get the funding.

For women who want to have a child, but have difficulty in conceiving, the problem is the opposite. Fertility drugs have helped, but a radical side-effect has resulted in instances of multiple births.

All these factors mean we are enjoying more of a balance of power in the world with the advent of effective means to control conception. The choices are up to us as individuals now, rather than in the hands of midwives, men or the religious community.

More on Women's Cycles:

Women's Cycles
Fertility
Pregnancy
Menopause

Recommended Links on Birth Control:

iVillage Parentsplace Channel
iVillage Parent Soup Channel

 
Find your path to fulfillment with a Free Psychic Reading. Call 1-800-749-5790 right now!
 
Can't get enough astrology? Icon fb Like us on Facebook!
 
you may also be interested in...
New Moon Wisdom and Creative Ritual
Vedic Horoscopes for the Waxing Moon (July 27 to August 10)
What's Next for Sandra Bullock?
Can Blake Lively Launch a Lifestyle Business?
Dynamic New Moon
Horoscopes for the Week of July 28
The Right Time to Roar
Will "Hercules" Be a Smash Hit for the Rock?
Is Mila Kunis Really Quitting Acting?
Bey and Jay: Trouble in Paradise?
related articles
Sun Enters Leo: Play Time!
Sun Enters Leo: Play Time!

The Sun enters gregarious Leo on July 22 -- kickstarting a month-long celebration of love, happiness and generosity! This cycle... read more »

 
Deepen Your Commitment as Saturn Goes Direct in Scorpio
Deepen Your Commitment as Saturn Goes Direct in Scorpio

"To say that one waits a lifetime for his soul mate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take... read more »

 
How to Avoid Scaring Him Off
How to Avoid Scaring Him Off

Turn-offs. We've all got 'em. You know what you hate, and you really can't help it. Maybe it's beer breath or... read more »

 
New astro forecast horse 300x250

featured bloggers

Rebecca Roman

Rebecca Roman
Born a Gemini with a Sagittarius Rising, Rebecca has a never-ending supply of energy and is constantly on the search for new and exciting experiences. She is the youngest of six girls in her family and, throughout the years, astrology... read more

Astrology.com videos
3692465862001
3692465865001
3692469552001
3692469558001
3692489630001
3692469579001
3692469570001
3692469570001
3692469568001
3692469578001
3692469571001
3692490331001
3692490337001
ast:div-chinese:vid:asdhlovescope
 
today's cosmic calendar
Today's Planetary Forecast

If you were anticipating an uncomplicated and sedate end to July, look elsewhere. While the monthly Moon-Pallas union in... read more »

the stars this week!
The Stars This Week

Be Bold! This is no week to hide in the shadows, as Mercury begins its transit through showy Leo on July 31! On August... read more »