MENSTRUATION MATTERS

The Truth About Skyla

The Truth About Skyla

Mirena Intra-uterine DevicePublic domain image Do women using the Mirena hormonal IUD have their period? Does it suppress the hormone cycle for all women or just some? How does it work to prevent pregnancy exactly? It seems these questions can’t be answered even by the assumed experts. We are told the Mirena “partially” suppresses ovulation and that some women...
Do you love your LARC?

Do you love your LARC?

Throughout the contraceptive realm, LARCs are being heralded as the best thing since Cinderella’s glass slipper with little acknowledgement that for many women LARCs are more like Snow White’s poisoned apple. Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, 2012, was LARC Awareness Week, billed by the California Family Health Council as “a chance to increase awareness about LARCs as a safe,...
I’m fed up with birth control propaganda

I’m fed up with birth control propaganda

Birth control in the U.S. has become synonymous with drugs and devices. The pill, patch, or ring; Depo-Provera or hormonal implant; copper IUD or Mirena IUD; traditional hormonal birth control or long-acting reversible contraceptives. All impact the function of the menstrual cycle; some suppress it completely. As a pro-choice menstrual cycle advocate I take issue with the fact that keeping...
Coming Off The Pill: Considering “forget-about-it” birth control?

Coming Off The Pill: Considering “forget-about-it” birth control?

If you quit the pill would you replace it with forget-about-it or mindful birth control? How you feel about your body, your menstrual cycle and your sexual relationship(s) will influence your choice. Another consideration might be your attitude towards an unintended pregnancy. Photo: Public Domain // LARC birth control methods are highly effective, in part, because women can "forget about...
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