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blondie.girl.16
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Ok, so on tv the other day, I seen an Ad for a pill called Seasonique that I guess makes you only have 4 periods a year. What I'd like to know is how does this work and is it even healthy for your body? It just doesn't seem right to me to change a body's natural cycles like that.
Also, I'm curious as to how IUD's work? One of my friends has one but she doesn't really know either. It was forced upon her after she had a miscarriage and she decided she didn't want to know anything about it. In fact, the only reason she didn't say anything to the doc is because her parents gave her an option; get the IUD or find somewhere else to live. Anyway, she says she hasn't had a period since she got it. How does an IUD stop that? And are they safe? I heard somewhere that potentially they can be cancerous?
I know, I ask a lot of questions, because I like to share what I know- so thank you for any answers you give me (: I've learned a lot here and the information doesn't just benefit me lol I love sharing your site with my friends

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Here's our page on the IUD so that you and she can start with some basic information:Intrauterine Devices (IUD, IUC or IUS).

Suffice it to say, safe or not safe, no matter the method, someone being coerced by anyone into using any method is not okay in my book, even if it turns out to be a method someone likes.

Most methods can potentially be dangerous: in other words, the majority of BC methods pose some risks, it's just a matter of assuring a user is the right fit for a method, and that the user uses a method properly and does what she can to reduce those risks (such as by not smoking when on estrogen methods, or being sure to reduce infection risks with an IUD).

Per your questions about Seasonique, understand that ALL hormonal methods change a woman's natural cycles, even when withdrawal bleeds still occur with the same frequency of periods. For adult women, even though the studies have not been particularly long-term, the FDA has stated it is safe to have only 4 withdrawal bleeds per year. However, to date, NO study has been done on younger women (those under 18 or not entirely finished with puberty, specifically, whose bodies are different than older women's, and who may have higher risks w/extra hormones each month) with menstrual suppression.

So, as far as Scarleteen is concerned, until we have some of that study and can look at it, we don't advise younger women suppress menstruation.

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Wow, that's pretty interesting. I'm sitting here now with my friend. We read that article together.
It metions checking by the string to see that the IUD is still there, but how? I mean, you wouldn't just pull on it right? xP
And she asks how would you tell if it expels or falls out of place? If it would just be very bad abdominal pain?

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Wow, that's pretty interesting. I'm sitting here now with my friend. We read that article together.
It metions checking by the string to see that the IUD is still there, but how? I mean, you wouldn't just pull on it right? xP
And she asks how would you tell if it expels or falls out of place? If it would just be very bad abdominal pain?

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To check the string, she'll just slide her finger into her vagina and feel the opening of her cervix: it dangles out just enough to feel it. She should not pull on it and doesn't need to.

It's rare for an IUD to expel itself, but when it happens, it often goes unnoticed, which is why a woman should check it now and then.

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