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How does the birth control pill help you get menstrual suppression?

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There are two ways to achieve menstrual suppression (stopping withdrawal bleeding) through the pill. You can stop taking the placebos, or you can change to a pill that works differently. Depending on what you take, you can have a period every month, every 3 months, once a year, or never.

From: PMS and the Pill WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

American Academy of Family Physicians. ”Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) fact sheet.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Benefits.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “Noncontraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Overview.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. “Understanding Menstrual Suppression.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

American Academy of Family Physicians. ”Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) fact sheet.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Benefits.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “Noncontraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Overview.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. “Understanding Menstrual Suppression.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

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