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Menstruation and Mentrual Suppression: What Women and Health Care Providers Really Think

FACT SHEET

A recent survey by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals examined women’s and clinicians’ opinions of the monthly period and menstrual suppression. Complete survey results can be found at www.arhp.org/menstruation/.

A WOMAN’S POINT OF VIEW

  • 71% of women do not enjoy getting their period each month
  • 75% believe men have a real advantage by not having the monthly interruption of a period
  • 75% think that monthly periods are something they have to deal with
  • 67% wouldn’t miss their period if it disappeared
  • 62% of women are interested in stopping their period if it were safe and free

THE PROFESSIONAL OPINION

  • 59% think men have a real advantage in not having the monthly interruption of a period
  • 53% think menstruation is a significant cause of absence from work or school
  • 36% think the monthly period is something that women have to deal with

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE USE

Women

  • 75% of women are interested in learning more about using oral contraceptives to reduce menstruation
  • 53% of women who knew of menstrual suppression had learned from a health care provider
  • 38% of women are using birth control for reasons other than pregnancy prevention

Health care professional

  • 91% have prescribed a birth control method for a reason other than pregnancy prevention
  • 68% of those who have prescribed a birth control method for other than pregnancy prevention have prescribed oral contraceptives to delay or stop a patient’s period
  • 72% say patient request affects decision to prescribe an extended contraceptive regimen