When women of menstruating age experience irregular and/or painful periods, they are very commonly prescribed birth control pills (BCP). The high doses of estrogen found in BCP, taken on a specific schedule, will force a woman’s body to menstruate at a specific time of the month. Those taking BCP usually also experience less pain prior to their period.
However, a recent scientific conference held at the New York Academy of Sciences emphasized the importance of the menstrual cycle for overall health. As stated by Paula Hillard, M.D., professor of obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine “The menstrual cycle is a window into the general health and well-being of women, and not just a reproductive event.”
She went on to say, “It [the menstrual cycle] can indicate the status of bone health, heart disease, and ovarian failure, as well as long-term fertility.” Continue reading “Monthly Menses: A Window Into a Woman’s Health”