What can I do to stop my periods? I’ve been to a doctor and she said only contraception will stop them, and it isn’t for a long term basis. She said I can’t get it unless I need it which I never will. (I’m gay.) I really can’t cope with them, and I’ve always had a problem with them. I wondered if you’d have any advice on what I could do next, or if there was any other way to stop them.
Periods aren’t exactly fun. For any gURL. And if you don’t plan to reproduce, I can imagine that they seem like a major inconvenience that can also be painful and have emotional effects, too.
Your doctor is only kind of right. Contraception doesn’t stop your period. Contraception is a term used for anything that prohibits pregnancy, which is also called birth control. This includes condoms, female condoms, diaphragms, etc.
But that’s not to be confused with Birth Control pills which is a form of contraception through hormone therapy. There are birth control pills and injections that can limit your period to a few times a year with some minor spotting at times. No, they won’t get rid of your period forever, but they’ll make them far less frequent. However, there are side effects, physical and mental, that you’ll want to consider before you start on hormones.
You may also want to ask a (different) doctor about getting an IUD, or an “intrauterine device.” IUDs are small devices that are planted in your uterus by a doctor that’s made of flexible plastic. There are two brands of IUDs available: the ParaGard, which is made of copper which can stay in the body for up to 12 years and Mirena which releases a small amount of hormones and is replaced every 5 years. Here’s the part you’ll like: According to PlannedParenthood.org, on average, menstrual flow is reduced by 90 percent. For some women, periods stop altogether. The cost for the medical exam, the IUD, the insertion of the IUD, and follow-up visits to your health care provider can range from $500 to $1,000, but realize that it does last 5-12 years, and one would easily spend that taking the pill in the same time period.
If those options don’t work out, then your period is just the blessing/curse that is being a gURL. And who knows? Maybe one day, farther off than you can imagine, you will want those eggs for something.
In terms of dealing with your period, I’m going to leave that advice to the gURLs. So gURLs, what are your tips for dealing with your period? I’d love to hear your ideas.
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