Working out on your period

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  1. TheH0517

    TheH0517 Member

    Hey Ladies,

    My wife is asking how females workout when they’re on their period. She has issues with heavy flow and leakage. How do y’all prevent this? She always has to take off from the gym for 4-5 days and it’s very disruptive.

    I appreciate any advice!
  2. Demondosage

    Demondosage Member

    Get her on bioidentical hrt, it'll fix that issue of heavier periods and also help you out too! Or so I've heard
  3. Millard Baker

    Millard Baker Member

    Just skip the fucking period.

    Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OBGYN and fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health:

    "Periods are not fun. People come in and they're like, ‘Do I really need a period?’" The answer, she says, is no.

    "Women have periods because the body is preparing for a possible pregnancy. If you're on a contraception, you don't build that uterine lining up," she says. "There’s no need to bleed."


    "n the 1950s, when the pill was being developed, people were more comfortable with faking a normal cycle," says Horvath-Cosper. More specifically, developers of the birth control pill felt it would be an easier sell to the public—and more importantly the Catholic Church—if contraception felt "natural." Which is why a week of placebos was built in to simulate a period. John Rocks, a developer of the birth control pill and a Catholic, “thought if women had a period, the Pope would buy it," explains Berlin. "That's the only reason it's there."

    Source: Is it really OK to never get your period?

    There is no medical reason why a woman has to menstruate every month,” said Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. “And there is nothing wrong with tweaking the system if bleeding is difficult for women.”


    “There are some women whom we would prefer to avoid periods: those who have migraines, severe bleeding/cramping, endometriosis,” [Carolyn Thompson, an OB/GYN and fellow at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] said. “There are also many women who just don't want to have a period every month and who take the pill continuously. This carries no harm, either short- or long-term.”

    Source: Women Don't Need to Have Periods
  4. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    I was always under the assumption that the pill could cause other issues in women if used long term? Older women in particular
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  5. TheH0517

    TheH0517 Member

    I’ll definitely read up on it
  6. TheH0517

    TheH0517 Member

    I think we would both enjoy not having to deal with it. As Icky asked, isn’t there possible issues? I know my wife wants to have another baby, but I’m not too interested. Either way, I’d hate to kill her dreams. If contraception doesn’t interfere with future fertility, this is a good possibility, although I’d be interested to know why she isn’t already using them with the vast health issues she’s dealt with over the years. I don’t think we’re even fertile without help from the doctor as it is, but definitely things to think about.
  7. Villain

    Villain Member

    This is interesting because a doctor told my wife that the uterine lining hardens without a period and that it’s quite dangerous to go long amounts of time without one.
  8. Eman

    Eman Member

    That is crazy, no more crazy than most religious logic, but pretty crazy none the less. Very interesting.
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  9. Perrin Aybara

    Perrin Aybara Member

    A girl I dated about fifteen years ago did that with skipping the placebo week of her birth control pills to never have a period. She was a nurse and her mom was a physician's assistant. I'd never heard of it before that or since then until reading this post. She'd been doing it for years back then with no issues and the entire time we were together.
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  10. Honestly some medications won’t give you a period anymore. Right now I’m on the IUD and it’s finally adjusting where I wont have a period for up to 5 years. I’m not planning on having any more children so I’m not worried about it but I understand before when I was not on anything I’d would skip the gym. But Var & Anadrol gave me a lighter period so it depends

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  11. Demondosage

    Demondosage Member

    An IUD sounds like an explosive device
  12. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by sudden episodes of unwarranted anger. The disorder is typified by hostility, impulsivity, and recurrent aggressive outbursts. People with IED essentially “explode” into a rage despite a lack of apparent provocation or reason.

    Fitting name for the disorder
  13. Villain

    Villain Member

    Not to be confused with
    An improvised explosive device (IED) is a bombconstructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery shell, attached to a detonating mechanism. IEDs are commonly used as roadside bombs.

    Though a woman’s fury could be confused as either.
  14. Haha! No not even close lol

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  15. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    Either description kinda makes me think of menopause :eek:
  16. Villain

    Villain Member

    Lol, I edited my post, eerily similar to what you just said.
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  17. Millard Baker

    Millard Baker Member

    Combined hormonal contraception is not recommended for women over 50 probably for those reasons.
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  18. Millard Baker

    Millard Baker Member

    You would think that not being able to workout for 6-8 weeks out of the year (with presumably other related personal/professional disruptions) would have prompted her doctor to suggest non-stop contraception a long time ago especially in cases of endometriosis. Some doctors have always recommended while many have been reluctant or resistant in the past. Personally, I think the latter are a bunch misogynistic fuckers to allow women to suffer like that unnecessarily.
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  19. Millard Baker

    Millard Baker Member

    There are certain risks associated with contraceptive pills anyway. So taking them 365 days per year versus taking a 7-day break every 21 days could conceivably introduce slightly more. But I think most of the dire warnings about the "dangers" were based merely on the so-called "unnaturalness" of not having a period.

    The UK government has recently approved guidance that missing 7-day withdrawal bleeds "isn't harmful" and "there are no known benefits to withdrawal bleeds and no known risks to missing them."

    FSRH press release: Updated FSRH guidance on combined hormonal contraception (CHC) highlights new recommendations – and reminds us of important messages about safety and effectiveness

    Date: 21 Jan 2019

    Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements

    The updated FSRH guideline highlights that there is no health benefit from the seven-day hormone-free interval

    What is new in this guideline?

    • The updated FSRH guideline highlights that there is no health benefit from the seven-day hormone-free interval
    • Women can safely take fewer (or no) hormone-free intervals to avoid monthly bleeds, cramps and other symptoms
    • If a hormone-free interval is taken, shortening it to four days could potentially reduce the risk of pregnancy if pills, patches or rings are missed
    • Consultations about CHC do not necessarily have to be face-to-face; online CHC provision is possible
    • At the first consultation, many women can safely be prescribed a one year supply of CHC instead of the current three month supply
    Women on the combined contraceptive pill have traditionally taken a seven day break at the end of each 21-pill packet. During this monthly break from pill-taking there is usually a bleed and some women have symptoms like period pain, headache and mood change. In the same way, women using combined contraceptive patches or rings have taken a seven-day break after every 21 days of use.

    However, a new NICE-accredited clinical guideline from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) highlights that there is no health benefit from having this hormone-free interval. Women can avoid monthly bleeding and symptoms that come with it by running pill packets together so that they take fewer (or no) breaks.

    Online provision of combined hormonal contraception can help women access these methods of contraception. The guideline reminds remote providers that all the same checks must be made and the same information provided to women as with a face-to-face consultation. To cut down the number of appointments required and make it easier for women to continue combined hormonal contraception, the guideline recommends that a year’s supply of the combined pill can safely be prescribed at the first consultation instead of the current three-month supply.

    What is not new, but is still very important?

    • It’s important to use combined hormonal contraception correctly: if used perfectly, it is over 99% effective; however, with typical use, about 9% of users become pregnant in the first year of use
    • There are some health risks with combined hormonal contraception: use increases a woman’s risk of having a blood clot or breast cancer (although the risk remains small)
    • Combined hormonal contraception should not generally be used by women over 50
    • Combined hormonal contraception has some important benefits in addition to contraception: it can help with heavy or painful periods, acne and PMS, and it reduces the risk of some cancers
    Dr Diana Mansour, Vice President for Clinical Quality of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, said:

    “Pill-taking often isn’t perfect; the riskiest time to miss pills is at the beginning and the end of a pill-free interval. The guideline suggests that by taking fewer hormone-free intervals - or shortening them to four days – it is possible that women could reduce the risk of getting pregnant on combined hormonal contraception.

    Women requesting combined hormonal contraception should be given information about its effectiveness and alternatives including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), the most effective methods of contraception.

    If the combined pill is the woman’s preferred option and it is deemed safe for her, clinicians can prescribe a year’s supply at the first consultation, with recommended annual follow-up”
    Dr Sarah Hardman, Co-Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, said:

    “We are all different: there isn’t any one method of contraception that is the ‘best’ method for every woman, so it’s really important that women have choice.

    Combined hormonal contraception can allow women to have a regular monthly bleed, whereas bleeding can be unpredictable with some other contraceptives. It can make periods lighter and less painful too. If a woman wants to avoid periods on combined hormonal contraception she can run the packets together – we don’t need a regular monthly bleed to be healthy, and lots of women welcome the option of avoiding bleeding.

    But women need to know that there is a small increase in some health risks with combined hormonal contraception, so it isn’t suitable for everyone. And if it isn’t used correctly there is a risk of pregnancy. Women in the UK are really fortunate that - free of charge - they can choose combined hormonal contraception if it’s right for them, or a safer, or more effective alternative.”

    Notes to editors:

    • Combined hormonal contraception (CHC) includes the combined contraceptive pill, transdermal patch and vaginal ring.
    • Contraindications to use of combined hormonal contraception are unchanged in this guideline, in line with United Kingdom Medical Eligibility Criteria (UKMEC) 2016. Women aged over 50 years should generally use safer alternative contraception.
    • The FSRH guidelines offer support for clinicians to inform women as to how to take combined hormonal contraception, what to do if they don’t use it correctly and symptoms that should prompt women to seek medical advice. The updated FSRH Guideline Combined Hormonal Contraception can be found here.
    • You can read the interim guidance on incorrect use of combined hormonal contraception, launched together with the updated guidelines, here.
    • The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) is the largest UK professional membership organisation working at the heart of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), supporting healthcare professionals to deliver high quality care. It works with its 15,000 members, to shape sexual reproductive health for all. It produces evidence-based clinical guidance, standards, training, qualifications and research into SRH. It also delivers conferences and publishes the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health in partnership with the BMJ. You can read more about FSRH here: Home - Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
    For further information please contact:
    Camila Azevedo
    FSRH External Affairs & Standards Manager
    Telephone: 02037945309

    Source: FSRH press release: Updated FSRH guidance on combined hormonal contraception (CHC) highlights new recommendations – and reminds us of important messages about safety and effectiveness - Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

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  20. Millard Baker

    Millard Baker Member

    I'm looking for a primary source on this topic. I see it referenced a lot but no primary yet.

    Contraceptive pill can be taken every day, NHS says in new guidance

    The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) said there is no health benefit to a seven-day break while taking the combined contraceptive pill – a practice first introduced in the hope the Catholic Church would “accept” some form of contraception.


    Professor John Guillebaud, emeritus professor of family planning and reproductive health, rejected the “sub-optimal” way the combined hormone contraceptive pill has traditionally been taken for 60 years.

    “The gynaecologist John Rock devised [the break] because he hoped that the Pope would accept the pill and make it acceptable for Catholics to use,” Professor Guillebaud told The Telegraph.

    “Rock thought if it did imitate the natural cycle then the Pope would accept it. When his campaign to get the pill accepted by the Pope failed, he just simply stopped being a Catholic, having been a committed one for his entire life.”
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