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For us Ladies : anyone hear about this?

And, are you excited about it as much as I am?  ;)

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/22/health/main2838834.shtml

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i would be excited because i suffer from dysmenorrhea and its so painful to the point that for 3 days i can't get out of bed and often throw up a few times. but my doc already told me i could just do the same thing with the birth control i'm already on.

the small amounts of breakthru bleeding is annoying and i still get bad cramps now and then but it's definately better than having to deal with the full blown period.

i'm only doing it for a couple months though, i have no intention of doing it indefinately

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Yeh, that's exciting.  Ppl have been using regular pirthcontrol pills in this way since BC was invented...  I have a great "regular" BC, which has made my life virtually painfree.  Yay!

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To me it this new BC sounds the same as a pill that makes you stop pooping.
Maybe poop isn't pleasant... but I don't want to just stop doing it.  ;) ;D
But that has nothing to do with whether or not it should be approved, just personal pref. ;)

I don't think the no-pooping pills exist by the way.... I just made that up. So don't ask me about them!  ;D

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To me it this new BC sounds the same as a pill that makes you stop pooping.
Maybe poop isn't pleasant... but I don't want to just stop doing it.  ;) ;D
But that has nothing to do with whether or not it should be approved, just personal pref. ;)

I don't think the no-pooping pills exist by the way.... I just made that up. So don't ask me about them!  ;D

I have to agree.

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im with jenniferhughes on this, in that i'm not sure i would never want a period, but it is personal preference.  

just as a thought, that pill is going to alter your body rythms a lot huh, more so than the ordinary pills where you take a gap.  i think i would want to wait til it had been about for 10years or so to have it trialed more before taking it.     but it is personal choice.  if it works and isnt harmful then thats good news :)

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speaking of BC I had heard of a cervical cap (diaphragm type thing) approved in canada (or maybe it was france?) that you could wear for a long time ( in fcat days, prior to sex and after) and it let your period out... basically it had one way flow type of deal.... does anyone know what i'm talking about? i thought it was called "Lady something" or "Lily something"???

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To me it this new BC sounds the same as a pill that makes you stop pooping.
Maybe poop isn't pleasant... but I don't want to just stop doing it.  ;) ;D
But that has nothing to do with whether or not it should be approved, just personal pref. ;)

I don't think the no-pooping pills exist by the way.... I just made that up. So don't ask me about them!  ;D

Actually when we were in the States once my DH bought a laxative that supposedly got you going if you need to, or stopped you if you were going too far!  ;D It didn't work for him, so I gave him some of those "gentle women's laxatives"--you know, the pale pink ones. I told him they were Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound!  :D
I also read on the Metamucil website (yes, they have one!) that M. can be used "either way"--which doesn't make any sense to me. It's either a red light or a green one, surely? Surely your body doesn't make an executive decision???
(Sorry, I've been listening to some old George Carlin from the 70's. ::) :P)

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Hmm...  I am a little suspicious about a pill that completely stops you from having a period.  I believe your body needs to bleed once in a while, it is a completely natural process.  And I think a lot of women are going to experience breakthrough bleeding for several months before it stops your period, so you need to keep that in mind as well.

I actually wish that I had a period.  I have not had one in almost a year.  I am not on any BC, and can't really figure out why I have not had one in so long.  I am thinking it is probably a combination of psychological stress from school and physical stress from working out a lot.  I am thinking about finding a naturopathic doctor to go to that may help me figure this out...  So even though monthly bleeding is not that much fun - be thankful that you have one!  :-\

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im with jenniferhughes on this, in that i'm not sure i would never want a period, but it is personal preference. 

just as a thought, that pill is going to alter your body rythms a lot ...

Frankly, that's what i'm HOPING.
I have ONE week a month when I have energy and I'm not either broken out, seriously depressed, have muscular pain, bloating, constant fatigue OR all of the above.  To each her own, but Good riddance, I say.  :-\

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Heyya, KendraKat
I think that female athletes (especially runners) often don't have periods...as do ppl who are very overweight or very underweight.  You should definitely get checked out by a doctor, to be on the safe side, though.

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Yogaferret-
If you're not already on BC, talk to your doctor.  There are tons of different types.  I always had SEVERE cramping and other problems...and BC didn't seem to help, until I got on the brand I'm currently on, which is my miracle drug.  I went from having to take 3-4 ibprofen (can we say unhealthy?!?) to even make a dent in the pain, to not having to take anything at all.  The drug I'm currently on is a generic called "Apri", and it's 0.15 mg desogestrel & .03 mg estradiol, in case you wanna try it out.  It's regular BC, but you can take it continuously, if you need to.  That was my plan, but I found I didn't mind a really light period with no pain that only lasts 3 days...

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Yogaferret-
If you're not already on BC, talk to your doctor.  There are tons of different types.  I always had SEVERE cramping and other problems...and BC didn't seem to help, until I got on the brand I'm currently on, which is my miracle drug.  I went from having to take 3-4 ibprofen (can we say unhealthy?!?) to even make a dent in the pain, to not having to take anything at all.  The drug I'm currently on is a generic called "Apri", and it's 0.15 mg desogestrel & .03 mg estradiol, in case you wanna try it out.  It's regular BC, but you can take it continuously, if you need to.  That was my plan, but I found I didn't mind a really light period with no pain that only lasts 3 days...

Thanks for the recommend, but I was doing that.  (It's not easy to get good stuff here though.) 
And it does help, but I'd rather having nothing to do with it at all.  Just personal preference. ;) 

on a related note, i just realized today that I haven't had my monthly, 3-days of insatiable chocolate and red meat cravings in a while which were an absolute sign that it was about a  week away.  (never had much of a schedule.  that became my timer.).  That (lack of cravings) started only after I went vegetarian.  I wonder what the relation is....?

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not sure about the chocolate, although I know women crave them, but the red meat might be an iron thing.  hmm...

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My period isn't that big of a deal to me. I'm lucky I guess. But I have also been on the pill since I was maybe 18-19? I'm 26, almost 27 now. Does anyone know if there are any problems with using it for such a longgg time? I still don't want kids & don't think I ever will want them, but I don't want to get "tied up". Maybe I should explore other options.

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I was on Seasonale for a while and got really depressed and gained a bunch of weight.  :p  I wonder if this would do the same thing.  I just started on Yaz though, only 4 days of period.  :)

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OperaChic, I have been on Apri for years too and it is the best BC I've ever taken.  I used to be like you, yogaferret.  I felt like life revolved around "how bad is my period was going to make feel today"...even when I wasn't having it, like you say.  The symptoms were awful!  But yeah, once I went on the pill, things changed.  I've always said I should do a commercial for BC! 

Someone asked about long term use....I wonder about that too.  My doctor said it's ok.  I still wonder though....

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I wish I knew who the expert I heard was on NPR some time back...

She said that menstruation has been with humankind (and prehumankind) for 6 million years.  It does serve a purpose, but not the one we were all told in school and it is not quite the function we were told. Here goes and it is not short.

The lining of the uterus is affected by hormones, but it doesn't "build up" over the course of the month, but rather the tissues engorge about 5 to 7 days prior to the onset of menses.  The endometrial blood vessels engorge with blood and then "pinch off" the engorgement, which may account for cramping, at least in part.  When they pinch off, hormones aid in dissolving what amounts to blood clots in front of the pinch and it is shed. 

THe point of menstruation, this expert said, is that sperm heads carry bacteria into the female genital tract and the blood flow helps rid the uterus of potentially harmful bacteria.  We think of ovulation as the secondary function of the menstrual cycle and flow as the primary function.  It is actually the other way around.  The uterine lining is shed, cleaning of it bacteria prior to ovulation so that the egg won't encounter a bacterial problem with implantation.  If an fertile egg does implant, the uterus closes itself off so that further bacteria are not introduced.  If no egg is fertilized, then once again the uterus needs to protect itself as the open to the outside world organ that it is. 

This is why I would have trouble with the idea that no periods are good.  There is nothing wrong with occasionally skipping the inactive pills and starting a new pack to avoid a period for convenience like a vacation or getting married, or seeing a boyfriend whom you rarely see, business trips, etc. but all the time? I can't see it as a good thing.

BCPs have come a long way since they were introduced.  My mom took them when they first came out and developed blood clots in her legs from them, but she had had polio in 1952 and was confined to a wheelchair.  I have had zero luck on them.  I am meaner than mean on progesterone onlys and all we had when I tried them were things like Ortho-Novum.  I tried them again in my late 30s and early 40s, Loestrin at that time.  I had morning sickness, bloat, breast swelling and actual weight gain.  I have never tried the newer things like tricyclic ones or Seaonsale.  Given that they make me so very very sick with 24/7 vomiting after I start the second pack of pills, I can't see it.  My oldest daughter has tried Seasonale and we had to take her off at 2 months because she had had 4 periods in about 9 weeks lasting over 1 week at a time.  Yikes!

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I'd be really concerned about the long term effects.  :-\

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I actually wish that I had a period.  I have not had one in almost a year.  I am not on any BC, and can't really figure out why I have not had one in so long.  I am thinking it is probably a combination of psychological stress from school and physical stress from working out a lot.  I am thinking about finding a naturopathic doctor to go to that may help me figure this out...  So even though monthly bleeding is not that much fun - be thankful that you have one!  :-\

I agree with everyone that you should probably get checked out to make sure everything is alright. If you are alright and it's caused by stress and exercise, you could look into herbal emmenogogues (herbs that promote menstruation). These herbs should be used with caution if you could be pregnant, just so you know. There is a lot of information on the web if you google "emmenogogue" but here is one page http://www.sisterzeus.com/Emmeno.htm

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speaking of BC I had heard of a cervical cap (diaphragm type thing) approved in canada (or maybe it was france?) that you could wear for a long time ( in fcat days, prior to sex and after) and it let your period out... basically it had one way flow type of deal.... does anyone know what i'm talking about? i thought it was called "Lady something" or "Lily something"???

Are you talking about the Diva Cup?
http://www.divacup.com/

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