As many women know, today there are birth control options that eliminate your menstrual cycle. A period occurs when there is a build up of hormones in the body, as ovulation occurs or the ovary releases an egg. During this time, the uterine lining thickens in preparation for pregnancy. But if no pregnancy occurs, the body produces less of the hormones it was pumping out before, and the uterus sheds that extra lining. This is called a “withdrawal” of hormones. You experience this as a period. On period-eliminating birth control, the body never even creates that buildup of pregnancy-preparing hormones, so there is no withdrawal and no period. For most women, the idea of not getting a period sounds like a dream come true. You may be surprised, however, to find that there are some drawbacks of not allowing for your monthly visitor. Here are the pros and cons of period-eliminating birth control.
Con: If you’re pregnant, you can be at risk
If you are pregnant, you may not realize it, because not getting your period is the norm. That means you may continue to take your birth control—or you may not remove your semi-permanent device like your IUD—which could be harmful to your pregnancy.