As contraception methods become more advanced, more women are becoming savvier about whether or not they need to suffer through a monthly period.
Some contraception methods, like IUDs, arm implants and hormone shots, do away with a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. While not having to deal with “that time of the month” is a welcomed idea for many women, others prefer to have the reassurance of not being pregnant that having a period brings, and the idea of a menstrual cycle being “natural” to female identity.
Some believe that having a monthly period can even foster a sense of “feminine power.” While it is the general consensus of the medical community that periods are not necessary if a woman is taking birth control, there are still many misunderstandings from the general public about how period suppression works with contraceptive use, and if there are any risks involved.
For more on this, Larry Mantle speaks to Dr. Ingrid Rodi, an OBGYN and reproductive endocrinologist from UCLA, and Layne Kumetz, board certified OBGYN with a private practice serving the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area.
Ingrid Rodi, OBGYN and reproductive endocrinologist from UCLA.
Layne Kumetz, Board Certified OBGYN with a private practice in Los Angeles