The Truth About Menstruation is not about Menstrual Suppression

Holy Hormones Honey! Well, there is nothing sacred about your hormonal health in this article. Menstruation is crucial to women’s health and well being. Opting for synthetic contraception is dangerous. Doctors who steer/pressure young women in this direction may only be the cause of more problems to come. I have heard from too many young women who have relayed that when they go in for their annual exams they are pressured into getting the HPV vaccine and to go on synthetic contraception.

Where are the men in this conversation?  Why is the burden of preventing pregnancy always put on women?

Imagine Never Having to Have Your Period Again? The Truth About Menstruation

Many women don’t know that they can stop their periods.

July 15, 2012

Seattle family planning doctor Deborah Oyer routinely asks new female patients, “How often do you want to have your period? Monthly? Every three months? Or not at all?” Until she asks, some don’t know they have a choice. Like every other aspect of reproductive health, menstruation is a fraught topic. A woman who is actively managing her period is in control of her fertility; in Judeo Christian folklore, she is cheating Eve’s curse. Even talking about menstruation can violate taboos. Consequently, most of us are astoundingly under-informed about a facet of womanhood that affects anyone who either has a uterus or loves a person who does.

For example, did you know that:

·         Modern Western women have four times as many periods over a lifetime as our hunter gatherer ancestors and triple the number for women just a hundred years ago.  In other words, what seems “natural” now is very different from what our bodies have historically supported or have evolved to support.

·         In the 19th Century there was approximately a five year gap between when females started their periods and age at first marriage; now the gap is closer to fifteen years, with many girls starting in grade school.

·         Girls who start early are more likely to have painful cramps and heavy bleeding.

·         Menstrual contractions can be as severe as early labor and can trigger vomiting or blackouts.

·         Menstrual symptoms cause over 100 million lost work hours annually for American women; they are the number one reason young women miss school or work. In the developing world menstruation is a factor in adolescent girls leaving school.

·         A woman can now choose to regulate her periods using either short acting contraceptives like pills or rings or a long acting method like an IUD or injections.

·         Given an option, about one third of women would choose to keep their period; the other two thirds would prefer to ditch it.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.