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Do You Have to Get Your Period Every Month?

March 28th, 2018

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Lauren Zielinski is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, and the founder of a grassroots women’s health movement called New Moon Rising Events. New Moon Rising works in cities across the US to hold free, day-long workshops that foster discussion about reproductive health, political advocacy, natural medicine options, and community connections.

The age old question that circulates again and again amongst circles of serious girl talk. Do you have to have a period every month? Let me start by clarifying: normally while not on birth control – yes! Your period is a sign of good reproductive health – and not having one every month warrants further examination from a provider. However, if you are like many women who use hormonal birth control such as the pill or the ring, having a monthly period isn’t actually necessary or dangerous at all! Whoop Whoop!

A lot of you with-it-women have probably already caught on to this pro-tip and have used birth control to skip your period for special occasions like your honeymoon or a beach vacay…. or perhaps you’re a regular skipper, yet still have questions about the safety of doing so? Or maybe you’re an inquisitive science nerd like me and wonder, “What’s the deal with those weird placebo pills anyway?” The answer actually might seriously shock you! Read on sister, and rest assured you’re not hurting your body or chances of conceiving later on by skipping your monthly visit from Aunt Flo.

For you to really understand why you don’t need a period every month while on birth control, you should understand what causes your period every month. The menstrual cycle is a complicated monthly dance performed by your hormones and reproductive organs. As these hormones cycle, they play off of each other, rising and falling, triggering different reproductive functions to occur. It is the rise and fall of your two most well known hormones – estrogen and progesterone – that signals the lining of your uterus to thicken with blood and tissue to prepare for a potential pregnancy every month, and then the fall of these same two hormones that causes that lining to shed, also known as the oh. so. lovely. period.

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  1. […] featured photograph through hedvig jenning Lauren Zielinski is a Licensed Nurse-Midwife, and the founding father of a grassroots girls’s well being motion known as New Moon Rising Occasions. New Moon Rising works in cities throughout the US to carry free, day-long workshops that foster dialogue about reproductive well being, political advocacy, pure drugs choices, and neighborhood connections. The age previous query that circulates time and again amongst circles of significant woman speak. Do you must have a interval each month? Let me begin by clarifying: usually whereas not on contraception – sure! Your interval is an indication of fine reproductive well being – and never having one each month warrants additional examination from a supplier. Nevertheless, in case you are like many ladies who use hormonal contraception such because the tablet or the ring, having a month-to-month interval isn’t truly vital or harmful in any respect! Whoop Whoop! Quite a lot of you with-it-women have …see the slideshow here […]

  2. Eva says:

    This is such an awesome article, thank you SO much for sharing. I had NO idea that the placebo pills are actually unnecessary, so I was functioning under that idea for years! I get migraines when I go off my birth control, so my Dr. wanted me to take continuous – telling me that it was fine to go without a period. But I had no idea why! This makes me feel so much better. I do get breakthrough bleeding, so I will go off every couple of months. However, to go continuous, you need a prescription for more pills – so be sure to ask your doctor!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

  3. Chanel Dror says:

    My jar was dropped reading this! Crazy how little we know about the pill! Thanks so much for enlightening us, Lauren!

  4. […] featured picture by way of hedvig jenning Lauren Zielinski is a Licensed Nurse-Midwife, and the founding father of a grassroots girls’s well being motion known as New Moon Rising Occasions. New Moon Rising works in cities throughout the US to carry free, day-long workshops that foster dialogue about reproductive well being, political advocacy, pure drugs choices, and group connections. The age previous query that circulates time and again amongst circles of great woman speak. Do you need to have a interval each month? Let me begin by clarifying: usually whereas not on contraception – sure! Your interval is an indication of fine reproductive well being – and never having one each month warrants additional examination from a supplier. Nonetheless, in case you are like many ladies who use hormonal contraception such because the capsule or the ring, having a month-to-month interval isn’t really essential or harmful in any respect! Whoop Whoop! Numerous you with-it-women have …see the slideshow here […]

  5. Kimberly says:

    It’s hard to accept this as healthy even after reading the article. I understand the points made and respect the perspective. However, at the end of the day, you’re adding synthetic hormones into your body to stop it from doing something it does on it’s own. My period was never regular with pills. I tried the ring, but stopped cold turkey when my best friend was hospitalized with two blood clots in her brain from direct use. She had no preexisting or family history of such – and she’s lucky to be healthy today. One of those things in life that will “never happen” until it does to someone you know. Since stopping BC, my period is actually predictable now. I track it faithfully. Sure, it’s inconvenient at times, but as you noted at the beginning, it’s a sign of good reproductive health. Just my thoughts. Good read. 🙂

  6. Julie says:

    Been doing this for 10 years+ and love it! My doctor is 150% supportive and writes my pill prescription for continuous coverage. This works for me because it fits my health and life, it may not be for everyone but great for women to know their options.

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