That Time of the Month - Or Is It?


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I am ashamed to say that I glared at a toddler today. Had today been at any other time of the month I would have smiled, or even (on a particularly good day) stopped and said cute baby things to her, but not today. Today, I glared. And I can't be blamed - I'm on my period. Tuesdays and Thursdays are never fun for me since I have class from 9:45 to 4:00, but when I'm on my period and I have to walk all the way from the South-East end of campus to the North-West end - I glare at toddlers.

When I woke up this morning, all I really wanted to do was lie in bed and groan at regular intervals, watch some One Tree Hill and eat (copious amounts of) chocolate. And when, while ranting about my struggle to my suite mate, she just laughed and said that she hadn't had a period in months this was basically my reaction:

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Wait, what? How is that possible? And more importantly, if it is possible why on earth am I still menstruating?!

So how does that work exactly? Well according to this article, while on oral contraceptives, like the Pill, there are 7 tablets, that are part of the 28 day regimen, that do nothing to your body, and therefore allow you to have your period. And so, in order to suppress your period, all you have to do is replace the seven placebo tablets with active ones.

Skipping my period would be amazing, but is it safe? Well, yes! According to Science Daily having a period every month isn't medically necessary, in fact, 97% of physicians say that getting on the Pill to suppress your menstrual period is "medically safe and acceptable". What's more is that it may even be healthier to skip your period for a few months! Apart from saying goodbye to the headaches, depression and cramps that come with menstruating, suppressing menstruation could even lead to reduced chances of endometrial and ovarian cancers. Additionally for people with endometriosis it has been known to lead to relief from abdominal pains.

Unfortunately, not many women are aware that this is even a viable option due to the "language barrier" that exists between doctor and patient, which is really a shame because most of us suffer in silence (glaring at toddlers is my only outlet) for years - for no reason, apparently.

Citations:
1. "Skip Your Period, Boost Your Health?" LHJ.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
2. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "Two Thirds Of Women Interested In Stopping Their Periods But Unsure About Safety." ScienceDaily, 4 Oct. 2007. Web. 20 Sep. 2013.
3. Stephens, Anastasia. "Do Women Need Periods?" Mail Online. Glam Entertainment, n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.


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Well this might be weird for me to comment on this because I am guy but I'm actually more interested in what you're doing up in the wee hours of the morning. I hope it's because you're getting the iPhone like I am. Or maybe it has something to do with it being your time of the month. Well my girlfriend actually wondered about doing that and whether it was "healthy" or not. So I will definitely be telling her about this. Also, be nice to little kids when it's your time of your month, they don't know the dangers of periods just yet.

I knew that it was possible to suppress your period for a short amount of time but I'm shocked to know that health care professionals are actually saying that it's healthy. If anything, I figured that it would be really unsafe and dangerous. Also, I didn't know that you could do this for an extended period of time. As far as I knew, it was possible to suppress your period for only up to a few months. I came across this website- https://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Patient-Resources/fact-sheets/Understanding-Menstrual-Suppression. It shows so many different ways to go about suppressing your period. Pretty cool!

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