The article also states that “incessant menstruation” is a modern construct. That women, in our “natural state,” wouldn’t have as many periods as we have in the modern world. In Mali, women only have about 101 periods in their lives. This is because they start having periods later, which means fewer periods per year, and they have more babies and breastfeed longer. Meanwhile in the U.S., we have ~ 350-400 periods in our lifetimes. We have endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer from all that extra building of the lining and shedding of the lining and popping out eggs each month – in Mali, they have none.
So, by having fewer periods, you are decreasing your risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer, decreasing blood loss (which can lead to lower academic performance if you become iron deficient), and using fewer feminine hygiene products (decreasing the burden to landfill).
There is a theoretical increased risk of breast cancer with the increased exposure to estrogen from the birth control pills, so definitely check your breasts for any lumps that don’t go away and report them to your doctor. But some say this risk is association and not causation and the National Cancer Institute cites studies that show the risk goes away after 10 years off the birth control pills
Now that we know that we can skip our monthly bleed, wouldn’t life be better with less bloodshed?
So, if you have finals coming up, a competition, a sports event, vacation… you can SKIP THAT PERIOD. Or in general, are you going to do better on the GRE/MCAT/finals or life, on your period or off your period?
— Dr. Yen
Article published in the Annals of the Internal Medicine by Malcolm Gladwell http://gladwell.com/john-rock-s-error/
Endometrial Cancer Prevention http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-endometrialcancer-contraceptio-idUSKCN0QP2AH20150820
Ovarian Cancer Risk Reduced by the American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-prevention
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