Could a woman’s period become a thing of the past?
In coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide whether to approve the first oral contraceptive designed specifically to reduce the number of annual menstrual cycles a woman has. Seasonale, developed by Barr Laboratories, would reduce menstruation to four times a year instead of the typical 13.
Gynecologists say that suppressing the monthly period would mean fewer women would have to worry about bad biological timing spoiling a honeymoon or vacation. More important, they say, it could spare women from pounding headaches, wrenching cramps and other menstruation-related medical troubles.
And of course less of those troubling side effects still known today in society as “children.”
A growing number of physicians are questioning the necessity of menstruation, sparking fierce debate around the country – from gynecologists’ offices to women’s studies departments – about its biological role.
“It is a needless loss of blood,” concludes Elsimar Coutinho, a Brazilian reproductive biologist, in his provocative book Is Menstruation Obsolete? A few gynecologists go further, arguing that menstruation should be eliminated.
Good post. A perfect example of how the contraceptive society obviates all those biological events that are distinctively female.
This has actually been coming for at least 25 years. One could not call the monthly bleed of women on the pill a true menses – it is actually a hormonally induced withdrawal bleed. By suppressing the normal rhythmicity of female hormonal activity, technology has come ever closer to the warped feminist (actually, more masculinist) goal of making the two sexes into one, based on the male model.
It is extremely common for women, with or without the ‘help’ of their pill purveyors, to manipulate their bodily chemistry to delay, advance, or suppress the bleed. Since it is highly artificial to begin with, the attitude is ‘why not?’.
Connie Willis (science fiction writer) wrote an amusing and thought provoking short story on just this topic. The title “Cycling”. I highly recommend it.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on what Brazilian gynecologists have done to the hapless women of Brazil! About 30% of my patients are immigrant women from that country……
Seems like we know more than God does about how women’s cycles should operate and why. No wonder there’s so much illness (breast cancer being one)! What’s interesting is that the veil is drawn over and most people don’t have a clue. Scripture says something about sin and the veil:-)
Ummm…yuck! I was taught that my monthly cycle is a cleansing thing. So I’ve always had a positive “out with the old!” attitude about it. Can’t imagine having things… um… well… stagnate for three times as long as they are supposed to! DISGUSTING!
And what will happen to the health of women who aren’t getting the monthly cleansing that their body is designed to have?