The Real Reason The Birth Control Pill Was Designed With A 28-Day Cycle – The List

Though there are some unexpected benefits of the pill such as easing period pain, clearing up acne, and potentially reducing the risk of certain cancers many arguments can still be made for stopping taking the birth control pill. The pill has been linked to depression, anxiety, and a decreased sex drive, along with an increased risk of breast cancer and stroke.

Fortunately, many alternative birth control options now exist shots, rings, patches, implants, and more. In particular, an increasing number of women are ditching the pill for IUDs. Intrauterine devices are convenient and effective, they tend to drastically reduce heavy periods, and they can stay in place for years.

Those who choose to stick with the birth control pill no longer need to feel tied to the original 28-day cycle of three weeks on and one week off. The Mayo Clinic outlines different extended-cycle options that are possible, such as 24 days on an active pill followed by four days off, or three months on followed by one week off, or even one full year on active pills, which means no bleeding for a year. That would make most menstruators happy about 60% of respondents to a 2017 online survey said they would prefer to menstruate less frequently.

Perhaps John Rock should have spent more time speaking to menstruators about what they actually wanted from the birth control pill, and less time thinking about the Pope.

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The Real Reason The Birth Control Pill Was Designed With A 28-Day Cycle - The List

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