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Choice, Infertility & the Birth Control Pill Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on January 11th, 2017

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Choice, Infertility & the Birth Control Pill


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This year, right around this time, is the 56th birthday of the pill.  No other real description is necessary. We all know what that means.  

The Pill.

The Birth Control Pill & Your Family Building Choice

Birth control, being able to not have a baby when we do not wish too, allows us to delay having a baby until we are ready. That's what many of us count on- that we will be able to have a baby when we are ready. Birth control put us in charge over our reproductive rights, to choose yes and to choose no.   


To be able to have a baby. Or not have a baby.

Six years ago, on the 50th anniversary, Kelli Conlin, then president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, said this,  “Today, we operate on a simple premise that every little girl should be able to grow up to be anything she wants, and she can only do so if she has the ability to chart her own reproductive destiny.”

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And that’s ultimately what people don’t understand. That infertility takes away choice, removes our “ability to chart her own reproductive destiny.” That choosing or not choosing to have babies is not only about not choosing to have babies. Choice is also about saying yes to becoming a parent, to saying yes to having a baby.

The same goes for reproductive rights. Our right to say yes. And our right to say no.

With infertility, the birth control pill plays a role. It's often used when a fertility treatment cycle protocol calls for either a stall in a reproductive cycle or to put a pause in to control an IVF or IUI cycle more effectively.

Supporting reproductive rights and choice means being able to choose to have a baby. Let's not forget that as the conversation about reproductive rights continues.

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.