After my fertility returned at 17 months postpartum I decided to start using an alternative solution to regular pads and after some research I came across “The Diva Cup”. Not only it saves me money, it is saving environment, too. I ordered it and after trying a couple of times I am utterly in love with this product. It is clean, simple and convenient! That is a way to go!
Now, I have seen the commercials for a new pill Lybrel supposed to suppress your monthly menses. It seems that big pharmaceutical companies think that natural cycles are not something women like and should be eliminated or at least they will be trying to persuade women to think so. In my opinion this is such a nonsense and an unhealthy one. How far from being in one with nature and our natural selves can we go? It seems that our society has chosen to prefer convenience over our own health and a common sense. Women of the past haven’t had perhaps as many periods in their lifetime due to a simple fact that they were nursing their children long into toddlerhood. This is a known fact that breastfeeding on cue prolongs amenorrhea, lack of period after a childbirth. However, so few women take advantage of that natural occurence.
So, now we are going to be bombarded with a persuasive campaign in the media trying to convince us to plan our periods around our lives. I understand somebody not wanting to have her period on a wedding day but this is a rare occasion. What about many many women who may choose to use this pill to surppress the period because the doctor advised them to do so? Isn’t it clear that messing with our bodies may have a huge negative effect on our health. There is so much to learn from observing our natural cycles and listening to our body’s cues. I learnt to watch my body’s signs and learnt when I am ovulating so that was very easy to conceive my second daughter. If I didn’t stay in tune with my body I woudn’t have so much trust in myself.
There is more to read on that: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/20/health/20period.htm