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Nailo
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"pills are often prescribed to “regulate” cycles, even though they technically do no such thing: they regulate the bleeding, not the cycle itself"

I'm confused.

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Heather
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Mostly, this issue is just one of language/semantics.

Combination birth control pills *change* the natural fertility cycle and create a different kind of cycle chemically; change the levels of hormones in a womens body and what happens when.

They don't, in any permanent way, change what a woman's own cycle would be without those pills.

To put it in a different framing, if I dye my hair black, it changes the color of my hair, but temporarily. It doesn't change what my natural haircolor is. Make sense?

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Nailo
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I think so... so it alters the cycle, but if someone stopped taking them it would go right back to what it was before?

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Heather
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Not right back, for most women: there is usually a period of re-adjustment which can be as short as a few weeks to longer than a year. It also differs with different methods.

The Mirena IUD, for instance, often results in missed periods or a lack of periods, but most women's cycles bounce right back to normal when it is removed. With Depo, on the other hand, or combination BCPs, it generally takes a good deal longer (whether or not a woman was trying to suppress periods).

[ 07-16-2008, 01:24 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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ventodimare
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I'm gay so I want to get rid of period (that is very painful for me). I've tried the pill (and the depo every 3 months) but I don't like taking hormones for all my life and in addition some of these techniques require regular attention.

Is there something else that I can try? a small surgery? Thanks

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