“I really, really love having a period,” said NO woman…EVER. I’m being facetious, of course, but, as a woman, I know that I have never (and will never) utter those words.

There are numerous options for control of our monthly cycles, from oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), to more permanent methods such as endometrial ablation (destruction of the the lining of the uterus), or hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

Reversible methods of cycle control such as OCPs are the gynecologist’s most basic tool. Yes, they are used traditionally and primarily to prevent pregnancy. When I prescribe these medications for heavy/irregular/annoying periods, I prefer to refer to them as a medication that hormonally manipulates the menstrual cycle.

OCPs aren’t for everyone, but there are many misconceptions about their risks and benefits. For example, did you know that OCPs decrease your risk of ovarian and endometrial (uterine) cancer? Did you know they can help with acne? Did you know you can safely have just 3-4 periods a year while on hormonal cycle control? Did you know they won’t cause weight gain (provided you don’t eat more or exercise less)?

I’ve only grazed the surface in this post. Major surgery isn’t for everyone. Come talk with me to find out what your best non-surgical options are, especially if you really, really DON’T love having a period, and aren’t quite ready to part with your uterus yet.