Her choice

Birth control methods that limit menstruation cause no harm, doctors reiterate

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In an essay for The Atlantic, writer Alana Massey confronted those who find her birth control method – the Mirena IUD, which lessens periods for some and eliminates them completely for others – “unnatural.” “There is no medical reason why a woman has to menstruate every month, and there is nothing wrong with tweaking the system if bleeding is difficult for women,” said Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Those who prefer to avoid periods can do so for a number of personal or medical reasons and choosing a long-acting reversible contraceptive method to slow or eliminate menstruation “carries no harm, either short- or long-term,” according to Carolyn Thompson of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Some women simply prefer to avoid the pain, mess and cost that comes with bleeding every month, the author details.

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