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OK, on the news tonight, there was a report on a new kind of birth control pill. It makes a woman menstruate only 4 times per year. They said that some experts are concerned about the safety of the new pill because getting rid of the excess blood from a woman's body (menstruation), is the way the female body gets rid of unneeded iron. In fact, that having that extra iron in your body/blood puts you at risk for heart attacks, stroke, heart disease,and a few others i can't remember. . . .<br>
So that got me thinking. . .since i haven't had a period and dd is 15 months, does that mean that i am at that increased risk?????!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br>
There is already a high risk for that in my family!<br>
I hope someone can shed some light on this.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Not having a period from breastfeeding is normal and HEALTHY. You can do a search for "lactation amenorrhea" which I prob'ly spelled wrong. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Getting a break from hormones while you are nursing and not menstruating reduces your chances of having several reproductive cancers: breast, ovarian, endometrial and uterine.
 

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OK, I'm no MD, but if a woman is slowing down (not the same as stopping) her menstruation by artificial means, surely that would mean either a) the uterine lining is building up more slowly or b) she's going to have the MOTHER of all periods every 4 months. Neither of these scenarios seems healthy or natural to me.<br><br>
When you are enjoying lactational amennorhea, there is *NO* buildup of the uterine lining, until your hormones say it's time to start, at which point your body just goes back to its old habits.<br><br>
So I would agree with Momtwice - normal, healthy, no problem.<br><br>
I hope I'm right - almost three years w/out my period!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">
 

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Seems to me I read somewhere that the incidence of certain cancers and other diseases is greatly REDUCED with less periods. I recall reading that b/c in other countries where women have lots of kids, and use lactational amenorrhea to space them, they have very few periods.<br><br>
I just don't buy the iron arguement. It doesn't make any biological sense. If we women fulfilled our biological prerogative (lol) we'd be having babies almost as soon as we started menstruating, and we'd keep having them with few periods in between, until we were infertile.<br><br>
The "researchers" are missing something, IMO.
 

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According to a health class I took in college (so it MUST be true, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), there is actually a benefit to losing some blood periodically. I believe the theory has to do with something about iron being sticky and causing blood clots. People who donate blood regularly are less likely to have heart attacks than people who don't. Women's heart attack risks increase when they hit menopause and are no longer losing a half cup of blood every month. I wonder if hockey and rugby players also have lower heart attack risks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So, everyone get out there and donate blood! It's not only good for others, it's good for you, AND they give you cookies and juice, just like in kindygarten.<br><br>
I doubt that lactation induced amenhorrea would cause increased heart attack risks, though, because of iron going to the the child.
 
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