Birth control, also known as contraception and fertility control, are methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy. For the last 50 to 60 years, discussion about birth control or population control has increased so much that it has become a discussing point on Television, Radio, Internet and all other various platforms.
Ahmad and Abu Dawood reported on the authority of Ma'qil Ibn Yasar (May Allah be pleased with him) who narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) and said:
"I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. He said: "No." He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you."
This Hadith indirectly calls to abstaining from birth control and similar practices.
Consequences of Birth Control Methods on Mother's Health
It has been scientifically established that the use of birth control methods has dire consequences on the mother's health. The woman's reproductive system controls a group of reproductive hormones secreted from the frontal lobe of the pituitary gland and the ovary. In the normal state, these hormones are produced in measured degrees. Any increase or decrease in this could lead to illness. Here, medical scientists admit that all contracepts adversely affect their users. This is the result of many researchers carried out in this regard. Some of the dire consequences of using contracepts are as follows:
1. Imbalance of body hormones
2. Gaining weight and fluid retention in the body.
3. Severe infection in the woman's reproductive system.
4. Increase in vulnerability to fatal heart attacks for those who are over thirty, more so for those who are over forty.
Death of a women who took Contraceptive Tablets
News agencies once reported the case of a British woman who died as result of using contraceptive tablets. She had been using the tablets known as Valdan for eight years before changing to another known as Mithoclore on medical advice. After a few weeks of the change, she fell ill and became bed-ridden. Later, her health deteriorated and she died.
Lately, it was established that the use of contraceptives especially tablets can lead to some cases of cancer.
The Most Balanced Advice
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) had wanted to prohibit breastfeeding a child if the mother became pregnant he had not known that the Romans were doing so. This is because such breastfeeding could harm the suckling and inhibit the infant's growth.
If we ponder deeply over this Prophet guidance, we would realize that the space between one pregnancy and another takes three years, especially if we go back to Allah's statement:
"The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling." (Soorah Al-Baqarah 2: 233)