Interestingly, we found that parents/guardians with lower family income were significantly more aware of getting help regarding menstrual suppression compared to the higher family income group.
We found that the misunderstanding of hysterectomy as the best option for menstrual suppression was not as alarming as previous study .
The articles analysed in this study showed there to be a growing pocket of biomedics who argue menstruation to be obsolete due to changes in women's life practices and desires, and who subsequently promote the notion of menstrual suppression (Coutinho 1999; Glasier et al.
Much of the literature supporting menstrual suppression focuses on the negative aspects of menstruation in order to promote ECOC, almost by default.
Such arguments draw heavily on the neoliberal discourse of informed choice to legitimise the need to promote menstrual suppression to women.
By whose force or authority might menstrual suppression become the new norm?
and found that women of all ages have much to say against menstrual suppression.
The common thread for all of these menstrual suppression products is that they are chemically identical to traditional oral contraceptive (OC) pills.
From a safety perspective, menstrual suppression products are probably an acceptable option for most women.
The effectiveness of menstrual suppression products in terms of preventing pregnancy is very similar to regular OC pills.
But for the majority, of women--the target market for both HRT and menstrual suppression products--our cycles are a sign of health, not of illness.
Implicit in the medical model of interference in women's cycles, whether it be menstrual suppression or hormone 'replacement therapy, is the idea that women's bodies are broken and need fixing.