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Is It Harmful To Stop My Menstrual Monthly Flow? 

How many times have you asked your doctor 'please make my period stop'? It is a common question that woman ask, especially during a particularly rough cycle. We are lucky to have many different medicines that help control the premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. There are even some medicines that can control how many days the menstrual flow lasts and some can even temporarily stop menstrual flow. It is hard to imagine how women dealt with their monthly menstrual flow in the past before we had all these medicines.  Every woman has probably asked their doctor at one time or another, 'Is there a way to please stop my period flow'. Your doctor may have an opinion and hopefully is going to know the best practices and all of the side effects that may be associated with this controversial proceedure.

Historical and Cultural Misunderstandings About Menstruation

Early on in history women were not allowed to prepare food, work in the garden, participate in ritual events, or even be in the company of others during their menstrual flow. Even today many cultures, such as the Native Americans, do not allow women who are on their period to be a part of certain spiritual rituals. It is not done as a mark against a woman negatively, however.  Many tribes consider that a woman is at her highest spiritual strenth during her menses (she is with her godlike capacity to reporduce) and her energy may conflict with messages coming from the spirit world.

For other cultures however, the monthly bleeding was considered to be possibly unnatural, unclean and indicative of women's inferior nature and therefore was feared. This negative interpretation has been carried into modern times.  Unfortunately, the negative aspects are encouraged by calling a period "the curse" by unknowledgable and biased persons or cultures who also regarded a bleeding woman as an unlucky person. Biblically, whether of historical or sociological derivation, Jesus Christ himself, is said to have worked a miracle to alleviate the constant bleeding of a woman considered "unclean".  He did the unthinkable and allowed her to "touch" the hem of his garment, thereby being healed.

How Can I Stop My Monthly Period Flow?

Can you stop my period flow? Should I stop my period? These are critical questions that you should discuss with your doctor before asking for a medicine that can help you.

Weighing The Risks and Benefits of Stopping Your Period

According to one woman who had discussed the possibility of this proceedure with her doctor , "When I asked my doctor 'how can I make my period stop?' she stated that she felt it was very unhealthy to stop a woman's period. She told me that the monthly flow is the bodies' way of disposing reproductive waste from the ovaries so that they can cycle properly. Some medicines stop the flow for a few months at a time and even this can be bad. Stopping my period with medicine could make it harder to get pregnant and could cause miscarriages in my future. In addition she advised me that my period could be really bad in terms of pain and making me sick if I stopped it for a couple of months. Her advice to me was to use a minimum dose of progesterone based birth control pills if I really wanted to control my period in terms of length and heaviness of the flow .  But, she stressed that I should allow my body to have its monthly menstrual flow for my overall health."

Self Care for Treating Difficult Menstrual Discomfort

If you have particularly bad premenstrual or menstrual symptoms there are medicines that you can take to help. For many women a medicine with ibuprofen helps greatly with symptoms. Stronger pain relief is available through your doctor.  In addition there are nutritional changes and physical exercises to incorporate, which have been shown to lessen your discomfort. Tylenol based medicines do not work on the smooth muscle system like ibuprofen and aspirin do but can be helpful for pain management.  Careful measured use of these medicines can be particularly soothing during the menstrual monthly flow. There are also many different prescription medicines that your doctor can prescribe that will help your specific symptoms.

Each woman needs to educate herself thoroughly, however before submitting to such a decision.  Do seek more than one opinion before subscribing to a proceedure or medication.  And certainly take note of whether or not the Doctor you work with stands to benefit financially from your decision.

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