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Jane Anderson wrote:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Peace of Lord Jesus be with you.

I'm a married mom who is currently living with my husband and three young children.

I am 35 years old and my husband is 40. I am worried about my sex life with my husband.

  • Since we no longer wish to have any more children, does this mean we are not allowed to have any more sexual intercourse?
  • Is it a sin if I ask my husband to practice continence?

Sadly, his mind is still far from God.

Thanks for your quick reply.


  { Since we do not wish to have any more children, does this mean we can't engage in sexual love? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Jane —

It is possible to practice natural family planning, wherein a couple uses the woman's natural fertility cycle to avoid children, if there is a serious reason to avoid children. We shouldn't avoid children just because we don't want them, but for a serious reason.

Call you local Catholic bishop's office and ask for a referral to a Natural Family Planning teacher.

You could also look on the internet for web sites that discuss the:

Mary Ann

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