Are Periods Necessary?!
On average women will spend 6 years having their period! Everyone has differing thoughts, feelings and opinions on how to relate to their period. Are they gross? Should we be quiet about them and sneak that tampon to our friend in our jacket pocket? Should we feel proud and let that blood run free? Do you find you are more introverted during your cycle? More connected to community? How you answer those questions may influence how you feel before or during your period; it also may influence whether or not you want to keep your cycle or make it disappear. Ok, now to answer whether or not they are necessary.
There are two ways to answer this question and it depends whether or not you’re on birth control.
Regular periods are necessary and a sign of reproductive health if you are OFF birth control.
Regular periods are when you get your cycle every 21-35 days and it lasts 2-7 days. You start counting from the first day of your last period. If you have a period every 21 days you may find you get “2 periods in one month” sometimes and that’s totally normal
If your periods are:
-shorter (less than 21 days between cycles)
-longer (greater than 35 days between cycles)
-lighter (spotting or length is less than 2 days) -heavier (length is longer than 7 days or you go through a pad or tampon every hour for several hours)
-consult with your WHNP, midwife or GYN to isolate the cause your menstrual irregularity.
If you are ON birth control, say goodbye to your period! As long as you are comfortable not seeing a period it’s ok to not have one. It may even help manage symptoms of endometriosis, anemia, acne, bloating or mood swings. Talk to your provider about continuous cycling if you take oral contraceptives or ask about long term reversible contraceptives.