Women Want More Information
Somehow I missed this report on women's attitudes about skipping [fake] periods. Here are some interesting nuggets:
Women like the idea of menstrual suppression -- skipping or eliminating monthly periods -- but want their health-care providers to tell them more about it...
The study shows that the concept of changing menstrual patterns is popular among patients and practitioners alike, but their awareness of the topic differs significantly.
"...most women have never heard of using birth control pills to skip a period, while eight out of 10 clinicians -- 90 percent of whom were female -- have heard of it and seven out of 10 of them have prescribed it to suppress menstruation,"...
...women and providers disagree on the need for having a period every month,".... "Fifty percent of the women surveyed and only 7 percent of providers think a menstrual period is necessary every month. This translates to a big information gap between what the providers know about menstrual suppression and what they tell -- or don’t tell -- their patients."[Heh, the "Secrets of the Menstrual Sisterhood/Brotherhood", depending on your Ob/Gyn's gender.]
Nearly three-fourths of the women sampled had never heard of menstrual suppression with oral contraceptives. Nearly two-thirds of them would be interested in not menstruating every month, and one-third would choose never to have a period. Nearly half the clinicians thought that menstrual suppression is a good idea, with only 7 percent of them thinking it was physically necessary to have a period every month.[That's ~57% of clinicians. What happened to the rest, no opinion/not familiar with period control?]
The study results demonstrate that clinicians should discuss this option with their patients...
I know I keep mentioning this, but it's important: menstrual suppression is not the same thing as skipping a monthly fake period. For example, if you ask "Is menstrual suppression a good idea?", in effect what you are asking is "Is using the Pill on a regular [3 weeks on/1 week off] regimen a good idea?"
I don't have hard data, but I'm not convinced that most women who use the Pill for birth control don't already know that they don't have a menstrual period for as long as they use the Pill.
Bottom line: Good thing a very informative book* on this very topic allows women to educate themselves.
*Disclosure: I'm the author.