Tuesday, May 22, 2007

No More Periods? Ever?

Every 26-30 days or so, I wish never to have my period again. I mean, I don't like cramps, I don't like irratibility, I don't like sadness, and I don't like babies. And I wonder, why do I even need a period? I don't use it, and my dog sniffs my crotch more often than usual when I'm on it. TMI, I know. But now the FDA is to approve a new birth control pill that stops a woman's period indefinitely, called Lybrel. That sounds like a good idea, but I'm not convinced. I'm not going to say that not having a period is unnatural, because I think that argument is just plain silly. Women are always told what is natural for us, like periods and childbearing and rearing, as if thinking for ourselves and for our own sake is the most unnatural thing of all. But I don't think it's the most healthy thing. I watched something about eating disorders when I was a sophmore in college, and a 30-something year-old woman who hadn't menstruated in 15 years had the brittle bones of an 80-year-old. Of course, I'm not going to knock any woman who tries it, but I hope that the FDA isn't rushing this.

2 comments:

Di said...

That doesn't sound healthy. I think what we need is some hard-core attention paid to the pain women go through during menses, and male doctors need to stop thinking about keeping their erections alive.

The Annarchist said...

There's no one more against periods and babies than me, however I don't believe that our enemy here is bloody discomfort but like Diana said it's that it's not taken seriously. Like, "Oh women? Yeah they have suffered tremendously for a week every month since the beginning of time BUT they're meant for it." FUCK YOU, if men had their periods scientists would have come up with something to truly ease their pain during the heliocentric era. I.E. men have drugs to grow their ugly hair after they've gone bald and have something to raise their penises for them when they're too lazy to do it themselves meanwhile women practically only have a bandaid to put over their veeges. Come on!