Tuesday, May 29, 2007

It's my period, my body, period.

Well huzzah, and slap my thigh for not hearing about this earlier. A new birth control pill is popping out onto the market and this one can elliminate periods. So, if a woman was to choose to use it- no more cramps, no more pain, no more discomfort, no more periods, period, for as long as she should wish to continue taking the drug.
Great, right?
Well no, there's already a hoopla abut it stateside and where there is hoopla thither, there will be hoopla hither. Observe the above clip, try to get your heards around the logic. My controlling my own body is a woman not being in control of her own body, or something, not watnting a period is an attack on family, somehow. I watched it more than once, I've painfully listened to Leslee Unruh and tried to catch the logic in her thinking, and yet all I hear is, 'You're too much of a brainwashed fool to be let make decisions for yourself, here let me and my God based faith do it for you.'
What do you think? If you could get rid of something, without harming yourself in any way shape or form, that you found tiresome and painful and dashed inconvenient, would you take it? Would you at least like the option.
Bit fat hat tip Pandagon.



Blogger aquaasho said...

Hi FMC. That Girl did a blogpost on this subject before and I thought it was interesting.

It would be useful for short periods(!?) like if you were travelling the world for a year and wanted to eliminate the hassle or spending a few months climbing Everest or something similar. I wouldn't stop them for no reason otherwise.

11:51 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Right, but thats what I"m saying, you would stop them for whatever reason suited you. In your case it might be travel, in another woman's case it might be because she spent two days out of every month lying in bed clutching a waterbottle to her stomach and gobbling painkillers. Either way, if it turned out to be a safe and viable option I feel it should be available.
I really don't get how it is an attack on families.

11:57 a.m.  
Anonymous Bjarni Rúnar said...

Um. You mean people don't know that you can already just take normal pills as long as you like with no (added) ill effects? Just skip the placebo pills if that's what you've been sold, or don't take a break for a week of that's what you've been doing until now.

Read this article on health.yahoo.com...

The money quote is:

"It turns out we'd be period-free even on standard birth control pills if it weren't for a 40-year-old marketing ploy as crafty as the money-back rebate. The Pill's inventors worried that women would shun this newfangled and vaguely scandalous product if, on top of liberating them from unwanted pregnancies, it took away their monthly cycle."

Of course, some would contend that taking the pill at all is a bad idea and I suspect they have a point. But if you're doing it anyway, the only reason you have periods is your (or your doctor's) choice.

12:07 p.m.  
Blogger Kav said...

Can't see the vid, but based on what you've written, I can see no reason whatsoever why it shouldn't be down to the individual to decide what's best for them.

12:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Bjarni Rúnar said...

Hopefully unnecessary caveat to my comment above: don't take my word for it, ask your doctor! But this not-having-a-period thing is way old and anyone telling you it's brand new is probably trying to sell you something.

12:12 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Egads! bjarni, that's... that's bloody downright staggering!

12:19 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

Oh, I couldn't listen to either of those women, they annoyed the hell out of me. "Let's celebrate being women" - oh shut up before I puke.
On the subject though, each to their own I say, but personally I don't even like to take painkillers when I have a headache, I don't believe in popping pills to excess.
I think are way too many "easy solutions" available to people today, and it annoys me that the immediate reaction is "oh, let's take a pill and it will all be better".
Sure it all sounds a dream but I'm saying this based on an extremely (!) nasty experience I had myself with the pill years ago, and after that I wouldn't dream of ever, ever again putting my body through something like that, never mind the doctors going "oh it's completely safe" - yeah right, f*ck that.

12:39 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm a depo girl myself so this doesn't really affect me, but my best friend suffers terribly with periods, I've never seen anything like it. She literally has no option but to got to bed and lie there almost rigid for two days out of every month-sometiimes three. This is seriously debilitating and I'm sure that she would like the option not to be confined to suffering.
Either way, I'm sure there are all sorts of things I have over looked and my natural suspicion of just about everything gives me pause, but natural smatural, lots of stuff aren't natural. I've a dear friend toodleing about the place with someone else's heart in his chest. That sure ain't natural either, but I"m glad he did it and I'm glad he had the option.

1:00 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

Well I'm not saying it's all bad, of course not. I have friends too who can't actually have a normal life unless they're on the pill, good for them that there are options. The thing that annoys me is the blind belief that a pill will make your life better, the "convenience thinking" and the way these things are broadcast as being the norm today.

1:25 p.m.  
Blogger P1P said...

Perhaps a pill that could get rid of the god botherers too.

I honestly don't give shit what they think. If someone wants to take a pill for a laugh they should be allowed to. Our bodies are the one thing we completely own so it's up to the individual to decide what we do with them.

I have had enough of people bleating out their beliefs as justification to interfere with something that is nothing to do with them. If she thinks she shouldn't be allowed to give up her period fine, don't take the pill. Even better go and sit in the red tent over a dish at the edge of the village like the women had to.

god hates you bitch, it's your fault we are out of eden right? If that's what you think we'd best get ready for a stoning.

mental cow.

aaaaaaand relax!

2:18 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Five seconds in I wanted to smash that religious nutball right in the mouth. Clearly, she's never had a tough period or she'd be singing quite a different tune. bjarni is right, we have had the capability for YEARS to never have periods, simply by skipping the placebo pills and going right to the next round of estrogen. I did it so I could enjoy my honeymoon, without spending half of it doubled over, and bleeding all over the hotel room, which is as good a reason as any to tamper with MY body, and MY cycles...

"We should celebrate our fertility..." Fuck. Right. Off.

2:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

Well being knocked up for the last 8 months, I have to say I haven't missed periods one bit, even if some God botherer thinks they're a wonderful representation of my feminity.
Yeah, I look soooo feminine when I'm lying in bed agonised, horsing down solpadeine and clutching a hot water bottle every month.

If it works for the individual and offers a liberty of sorts, then what's the problem?

3:07 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I still want to know how controling our periods and taking birth control is an 'attack' on the family? It's like the whole gay argument. 'Ohh, them gays want the same rights as the rest of us, it's an attack on the family?'
How? How Howdy how?
Don't people realise that we're all people, right? RIGHT?

4:21 p.m.  
Blogger Caro said...

It's exactly the same as Depo, so what's the big deal? I don't get it. I used to tri-cycle my pills (take three packs without a break) after reading that the pill-free week was a 60s marketing ploy, as Bjarni says. If people want to get all worked up about what's "natural", having periods for twenty years straight is not "natural", but being knocked up a fair few times during those years would be (from a purely biological point of view). I don't see the point in having periods if you're not actively trying to get pregnant.

4:26 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, i've thought for a long time now that maybe the basis of our (US)national problems stem from the fact that we are a nation founded by Quakers, and this pretty much confirms it for me. i've had horrible periods my whole period-having life, been to tons of doctors for the pain and the "unexplainable" menstrual symptoms, nearly destroyed my liver because of the pain pills, and now i find out it all could have been avoided?! WTF! the medical industry in this country makes me very angry sometimes. what the hell does my feminity have to do with bleeding for 10 days straight, or literally fainting from the pain? if i want to feel feminine i'll put on some fucking lip gloss for fuck's sake!

4:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Strikes me that a lot of folk don't want other folk having sex without the repercussions, ie babies. Hence the use of the word 'attack'. They feel under attack becasue we don't all hold the sames views on religion and what is considered moral or not.

5:15 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

If its safety is proven I would take that in a New York minute, and I have no reason to think it is unsafe.

You're right, cat, if nature had her way we'd all be up the duff for most of our adult lives. If nature had her way and we didn't intervene, maternal and infant mortality would rocket again. Sure, fertility is a gift we shouldn't take for granted but hell, its other more well known name is The Curse.

I tried running packs of pills together a few times but it just didn't work for me. I had breakthrough bleeding and cramps intermittently for months without having any way to predict them. I had less control so I went back to just taking the period after every 21 pills.

5:35 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Thing is Sam, if my two friends who are currently glowing with inner baby are anything to go by, taking the pill does not affect long term fertillity. It works while you take it-mostly- and then when you decide you no longer want to take it your natural fertility is restored. How this culminates in an attack on family is beyond me. If I and the paramour suddenly decided we wanted to hold off on kids for three years and I took a pill to do so surely that is a decision my 'family' made.

5:44 p.m.  
Blogger Sassy Sundry said...

Today, of all days, it sounds like the best idea in the world.

I do wonder if this thing really is as safe as they say, but I can't believe the whole "family" backlash over the new pill. Well, wait... I guess in this antichoice climate, I can.

8:05 p.m.  
Anonymous Natasha said...

The only thing that worries me about this pill is the possibility of yet-unforeseen long-term side-effects. But it sounds great, if it really is as safe as advertised.
bjarni, I honestly did not know that fact about normal pills. Sounds like a cheaper way to achieve the welcome relief from monthly hell.

8:33 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Evening ladies. Natasha that's really bothering me too, you know, I remember being 18 and going on the pill and I don't remember ever being told jack about the possibility that I could avoid having a periods or anything about placebo pills. And many years after when I switched to the Depo no one mentioned it to me then either. I have a doccy appointment soon, she's going to get a bit of a grilling, so she is. I'll let you know the outcome.

9:40 p.m.  
Anonymous Eolaí said...

Surely the only conversation to be had on the subject is the same as all conversations on new drugs - just health and safety issues.

There is no reason whatsoever for that cuckoo woman to make it a conversation about family, god, or attacks on babies - at least no more than paracetamol or phenergan is.

5:29 a.m.  
Blogger Deborah said...

I miss a LOT about America... big fast washing machines and dryers, cheap Tommy Hillfiger jeans, it not being weird to be married with kids in your twenties... sometimes I hate Ireland and the expensive socialist bureaucratic society we've become and THEN I see something like this and thank my blessings I'm back here!

I first went on the pill at age 12 when I would pass out from period cramps and losing too much blood. It didn't help so eventually the doctor had me skip the fourth week to avoid the periods altogether. So it's not like this is anything new. When depo came out I switched, now I've got Mirena. I haven't had a period since my teens and have had two kids (both while on birth control...hmmm) so I guess I just don't see what the big deal is. *SIGH* Don't these people have anything better to do?

8:40 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It would appear not.

9:12 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey i was just wondering if you could help me as i need some advice, im only 16.I been taking the pill for about i think since the end of may because my periods started to go irregular and they were heavey and thyed go for at least 7 days.I wentto the doctors, the doctor said i could take the pill so i started taking it,andi started taking the pill where you have 1 pill which is the same for about a week, and than you take these other tablets which are different.And after the 2nd packet i took i decided to pause my periods, i have been doing that since this month and ive decided to end them after sept holz.Because i have been told if you pause them for too long you can die,and it messes up on your insides.But latly for the last 2 weeks i have been gettin just random bleeding and than it would stop the next day or a bit.So i would liek to know if you can help me... Thanx =]

11:36 a.m.  
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