Is Menstruation Obsolete?: How Suppressing Menstruation Can Help Women Who Suffer From Anemia…

Hardcover | October 15, 1999

byElsimar M. Coutinho, Sheldon J. Segal

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Is Menstruation Obsolete? argues that regular monthly bleeding is not the "natural" state of women, and that it actually places them at risk of several medical conditions of varying severity. The authors maintain that while menstruation may be culturally significant, it is not medicallymeaningful. Moreover, they propose that suppressing menstruation has remarkable health advantages. Because of cultural changes, shorter durations of breast feeding, and birth control, the reproductive patterns of modern women no longer resemble that of their Stone age ancestors. Women have moved from the age of incessant reproduction to the age of incessant menstruation. Consequently, theyoften suffer from clinical disorders related to menstruation: anemia, endometriosis, and PMS, just to name a few. The authors encourage readers to recognize what has gone previously unnoticed that this monthly discomfort is simply not obligatory. They present compelling evidence that thesuppression of menstruation is a viable option for women today, and that it can be easily attained through the use of birth control pills. In fact, they reveal that contraceptive manufacturers, knowing that many women equate menstruation with femininity and that without monthly bleeding would fearthat they were pregnant, engineered pill dosage regimens to ensure the continuation of their cycles. Indeed, throughout history societies have assigned menstruation powerful meaning, and Is Menstruation Obsolete? presents a fascinating history of how menstruation inspired doctors to trytherapeutic bleeding for a variety of ailments, and how this therapy remained dominant in Western medicine until the early 20th century. Is Menstruation Obsolete? offers women a fresh view of menstruation, providing them with the information they need to make progressive choices about their health. This is a message whose time has come.

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Here’s the scenarioHere’s the scenario. You’re going on a hard-earned and long-overdue vacation to the sunny Caribbean and you’d like to look and feel your very best. Unfortunately, the trip falls on your ‘time of the month’ and you just know that you’ll be as snooty and bloated as a beached whale. Your question is: can you simply begi...

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Is Menstruation Obsolete? argues that regular monthly bleeding is not the "natural" state of women, and that it actually places them at risk of several medical conditions of varying severity. The authors maintain that while menstruation may be culturally significant, it is not medicallymeaningful. Moreover, they propose that suppre...

A recognized expert in uterine and Fallopian tube physiology and pharmacology, Dr. Elsimar M. Coutinho is a pioneer in the development of contraceptive methods. Full Professor of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Human Reproduction at Federal University of Bahia School of Medicine, Brazil, he is the author of three books on sexuality and co...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.39 × 5.51 × 0.91 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceIntroduction1. Menstruation in Western Civilization2. Menstruation: The Basis of Therapeutic Bloodletting3. Why Women Menstruate4. Premenstrual Syndrome5. Menstrual Cycle-Related Disorders6. Natural Suppression of Menstruation7. Medical Suppression of Menstruation8. In Support of Menstruation9. Absence of Menstruation and Disease10. ConclusionGlossaryBibliographic EssayIndex

From Our Editors

Here’s the scenarioHere’s the scenario. You’re going on a hard-earned and long-overdue vacation to the sunny Caribbean and you’d like to look and feel your very best. Unfortunately, the trip falls on your ‘time of the month’ and you just know that you’ll be as snooty and bloated as a beached whale. Your question is: can you simply begin your next package of birth control pills to ‘postpone’ your period? Sure, it’s possible, but as Elsimar M. Coutinho and Sheldon J. Segal contend, it’s not wise. Is Menstruation Obsolete? is a timely reference that cautions women about attitudes and medical technologies contributing to the potentially dangerous direction in which our menstrual cycles and reproduction are headed.

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"In a brilliant and provocative book, Is Menstruation Obsolete?, Dr.s Elsimer Coutinho and Sheldon S. Segal, two of the world's most prominent contraceptive researcers, argue that this recent move to what they call"incessant ovulation" has become a serious problem for women's health."--The NewYorker