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A while back we had a thread about a continuous birth control pill that was touted as being the solution to solving the "problem" of menstruation.

Today I saw something on television that reminded me of that. It was a commercial for a surgical process that was "safe, effective and pain-free" and would end menstruation permanently. It began by saying that when women are done with child-rearing and still have a while to go till menopause, this may be an option for them to end the annoyance that is a period.

It then went on to say that women everywhere of every age now have the option to control their bodies and "end the curse forever". Their motto is "Stop the Flow. Period."

What do you think about such procedures? Would you ever get one yourself if it was affordable for you? What kind of procedure do you think it is? In the ads, it never does mention what type of surgery it may be a hysterectomy or tubal ligation for all the TV-watcher knows.

And what do you think about their advertising campaign--saying menstruation is a curse that should be fought with surgery?

Personally, I'm all for having the option to choose. If someone wants to end her own menstrual cycle, by all means go for it. For me, though, I don't think I'd be able to make such a permanent decision at this age. Maybe if I was older and knew I didn't want any (more?) children, and wanted to be able to be done with own cycle can be rather difficult, with severe cramps and PMS and fatigue and the like.

The thing that really bothered me about this, though, was their use of the word curse. I don't think being female is a curse, and having a period is just one of the things that comes with the whole deal.

So, what are your thoughts?

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Well, as a man I'm perhaps not the best person here. All I will say is that I've always liked the way women have a monthly cycle, with hormones changing levels throughout the month. It seems such a wonderful, natural thing. I'd love to have that myself, and if I was a woman I can't imagine wanting to get rid of it. Of course, I've never experienced menstrual cramps. [Wink]

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I like my hormones. I don't have menstrual cramps. I usually don't PMS. (I've heard this may be related to diet). Plus, I'm generally happy and libidinous. Nope, no artificial hormones are going in my body anytime soon.

I'm also kind of bothered by the way female sanitary product commercials and packaging always has to look sort of pretty and girly (but obviously not explicit)

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I'm actually on the painful side of the spectrum; once I get my other varied gynecological problems sorted out, I'll get to addressing my hellishly painful periods.

But even so, I don't think I could give it up. It would just feel.. weird, not to bleed. This may sound radical or even creepy, but I actually like my period once the painful part is over. As cliche as it may sound, it does have a certain power to it, a small part of what makes us female. For me, it's also a monthly affirmation of a women's higher pain threshold.

If push came to shove, I'd look into a temporary solution to stop my periods until I could get it treated. But going for more than, say, 3 months would really weird me out.

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Wow. I really don't think that I could imagine NOT getting my period every month. Not only dose it give me a day off from school (an old family tradition) but it's just the most natural thing about women. That kind of creeps me out. Can you have kids if you have that surgery? If you can, wouldn't the eggs go bad after a while? Isn't that what my period is for in the first place?

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Girlfriend, if I'm not mistaken your eggs won't 'go bad'.. periods are mostly preparation for a fertilized egg and if none presents itself, out the whole shebang goes.

Frankly I would LOVE to do such a thing- but I'm still iffy on the kids front- so for now I will stick to my BC that actually lets me have a life. I'm the opposite from some of you guys- I HATE having my period. Ugh. Wish it would poof and go away!!

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