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  1. Introduction
  2. Menstruation suppression: A Brief History
  3. Menstruation suppression and Dr. Elsimar Coutinho
  4. Menstruation suppression and birth control: A linked history
  5. Seasonal's change in the debate
  6. Seasonal's practicality and redundancy
  7. Media response
  8. Conclusions
  9. Works cited

For many women, a menstrual cycle is an inextricable part of being a woman. From the onset of menarche, through childbirth, and into menopause, a woman's feminine nature is defined by menstruation, a uniquely female experience. In the twenty-first century, women are becoming aware of the option to dismiss their monthly periods for reasons ranging from health concerns to simple convenience. These new opportunities parallel and sometimes overlap decisions women make about birth control and raise issues about agency, health risks, and the further medicalization of women's bodies in a medical system historically managed and operated by men. Whether it is through menstruation suppression or by using birth control, women now have decisions to make about their bodies, forcing a range of questions from everyday women to scholars to physicians.

[...] So, despite a contentious topic and different points of view, both physicians seem to believe that menstruation suppression, while not always appropriate, may be an effective treatment in specific cases. Menstruation Suppression and Birth Control: A Linked History The birth control pill was introduced to 1960s America without as much clamor as one might anticipate. Immediately accepted, moral controversy about the pill was expected but never materialized, perhaps due to effective marketing and a genuine desire for such a product. [...]


[...] Not having a conventional period may seem incomprehensible for some, but in other circumstances, it is the best choice for other women and that exercise of power, knowledge, and control should be valued and accepted instead of criticized and judged. Conclusions Menstruation suppression is not designed for all women. Coutinho immediately frightened many with his controversial book title, Is Menstruation Obsolete? Coutinho never wanted to argue for the abolishment of menstrual periods from society; he only wanted to pose the idea that suppressing menstruation can help women with iron deficiencies, fibroids, or endometriosis. [...]


[...] Through developing the history and explaining the current state of the menstruation suppression debate, I will examine how women's agency is defined within the confines of birth control, the menstrual cycle, and menstruation suppression, and I will explore how these elements of womanhood in the 21rst century impact women in daily life. Menstruation Suppression: A Brief History Menstruation suppression has been a controversial feminist debate for the past decade, prompting critics to consider the costs and benefits of suppressing the female ?period.? Often associated with the unconventional use of hormonal birth control pills, menstruation suppression has been touted as an alternative to painful menstrual symptoms. [...]

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