Look, Period, it’s just not working out. No, no… It’s not me – it’s definitely you.
Sometimes, things just don’t work out with our periods. We’ve grown attached to them because they’ve been around for so long, but we’re such different people now. We enjoy long walks on the beach, they never want us to leave the house. We want to eat healthy, but for some reason, they always want to grab the most calorie-dense dessert known to mankind. We want to wear white, but they have other plans. There just comes a point in time when you know it’s over. It might be painful, but perhaps it’s for the best.
Breaking up with your period is a tough decision and needs to be thoroughly thought through. The reproductive system is a complex one; Ending your period doesn’t just affect your reproductive system, but can also impact your breast, bone, and cardiovascular health. There are ways to stop your period completely and then there are ways to regulate it (kind of like a friends with benefits situation). Here are some ways to break up with your period.
- Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills have to become a part of your daily routine as you must consume one pill at the same time every day. The hormones in the pill stop ovulation and prevent menstruation for the days that you ingest the pill. It’s one of the most common options as anyone can go off the pill when they wish.
There exist two main forms of the birth control pill: ones that must be consumed for 21 days and then result in withdrawal bleeding and another type that stops menstrual bleeding altogether. Those with PCOS and other menstruation-related issues may be prescribed birth control, but it’s also great for preventing pregnancy (as the name suggests – duh).
IUD stands for Intrauterine Device. This, in simple terms, means a device that is placed inside your uterus. It’s a small, flexible piece of plastic or copper (depending on which one you opt for) shaped like a T. IUDs help prevent pregnancy and stop menstruation for 3 to 12 years depending on the type and brand you choose. They work by changing the way sperm cells move, blocking them from getting to the egg.
If you don’t like it, then you better put a ring on it. The NuvaRing – also known as the Birth Control Ring – works similarly to the IUD, wherein it prevents the sperm from meeting the egg. The Ring stops ovulation, which means there is no egg to fertilise in the first place. It is placed in the vagina, where the vaginal lining absorbs the hormones that the Ring releases.
- Birth Control Shots
You’ve decided it’s over – now shots are the only thing giving you the courage to go through with it. We mean Birth Control Shots, of course. The Birth Control Shot, also known as the Depo-Provera, the Depo shot, or DMPA, inhibits ovulation by releasing the hormone progestin. (This is what the LMFAO song was about, right?)
Thanks to modern science and tonnes of research, there are now numerous ways to stop your period artificially. However, bear in mind that it means altering your body’s natural system – which may be necessary in certain instances. It’s always best to consult your OBGYN before making hasty decisions. Do your research, get rid of that family size chocolate bar that Period convinced you to impulse buy, and get ready to live your best life.