‘Counting On’: Are These Duggar Couples Using Birth Control?

The Duggar family is best known for their supersized family. In fact, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s super-fertility is the whole reason the family has a show in the first place. They have spoken freely about their stance on birth control, but not all of their kids seem to share their thoughts on the subject.  Now that fans have moved on and have begun watching the kids start families of their own, some questions have come up. Several of the stars of Counting On appear to be limiting the number of kids they have, or, at the very least, are spacing out their pregnancies. So, which Duggar kids are the most likely to be using birth control?

Derick Dillard Suggest he’s not against birth control

Jill and Derick Dillard married in a massive ceremony in 2014. It didn’t take long for the couple to add to their family. Israel, their first son, was born in 2015. Two years later, they added to their family again with their youngest boy, Sam. Since then, though, the family hasn’t announced any additional pregnancies.

One fan inquired about the Dillards’ stance on birth control, and Derick dropped a bit of a bombshell. He claims that the couple never said they were against birth control.  The father of two and college student replied to an Instagram comment saying, “We never said we don’t believe in birth control… My parents waited 11 years to start having kids, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Each Christian family should follow God’s leading for their own family, regarding when and how many kids to have.” 

By the sounds of it, Derick wants fans to know that he doesn’t share the same beliefs, at least when it comes to birth control, as his in-laws. Fans have long theorized that something bad happened to Jill during the delivery of her second son rendering her incapable of having more kids. With Derick’s comment, however, it looks like the family might just be timing their pregnancies out.

Jinger and Jeremy seem to be spacing their children

Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, aren’t as open and honest about their sex life as Jill and Derick, but fans have assumed the couple is using birth control. They broke from family protocol when they waited more than a year to announce their first pregnancy. During their first year of marriage, they traveled and seemed to enjoy being together sans kids.

The couple welcomed their first child together in July 2018. While they appear to adore having a child along with them as they experience new things together, it doesn’t look like the couple is in a rush to add more kids to the mix anytime soon.

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In Touch surmised that the couple was breaking from tradition just a few months into their marriage. For most of the Duggar kids, pregnancy announcements generally come about a few months after the wedding. The fact that an announcement took more than a year to come from the couple seems to suggest some form of birth control is being used, but Jeremy and Jinger have never commented.

What is the Duggar family’s stance on birth control?

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been open about their disdain for birth control. The couple, however, did use a form of contraception at some point. Before moving into their current religious beliefs, Jim Bob and Michelle admit that they used the pill to limit their family. When the couple suffered a miscarriage after they had their first son was born they were told the pill was to blame.

From then on, the couple shied away from using birth control of all forms, and in doing so eventually managed to have 18 more children. Their youngest child, Josie Duggar, was born as a micro-premie. Michelle went on to have another pregnancy, but it ended in a miscarriage.

The couple’s oldest son also seemingly doesn’t believe in birth control. The disgraced Duggar is currently awaiting the birth of his sixth child with his wife, Anna Duggar. The couple even included their desire to leave the number of children they have up to god in their wedding ceremony.