No one likes to be wrong. But unfortunately, your friend is right.
It is safe to take the pill continuously to avoid having your period – except for women who should not take the pill at all. (More info on that here). It’s also safe to continuously take other forms of hormonal birth control like Depo-Provera, the Ring, or the Mirena IUD.
Women skip their periods for many reasons – an upcoming vacation or honeymoon, an athletic event, to avoid PMS discomfort, to alleviate medical conditions like endometriosis, or simply because they don’t like having a monthly visit from Aunt Flow.
Back in the day—we’re talking prehistoric time—women spent a lot of time pregnant. This means they only had about 160 periods in their lifetime. Modern ladies experience almost three-times that, with an average of 460 periods a lifetime!
Is there a health benefit to skipping your period? Some researchers believe reduced ovulation and menstruation may protect against cancers of the reproductive organs.
If having fewer periods a year is something you’re interested in, it’s important to talk with a medical professional first. You can call 1-866-476-1321 or visit www.ppnne.org to make an appointment with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
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