No More Periods?: The Risks of Menstrual Suppression and Other Cutting-Edge Issues in Women's Reproductive Health

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Observing the radical shift in the medical community toward menstrual suppression as a viable option in women’s health, Dr. Rako sees not only a vast information gap for women, but a serious health crisis on the horizon. Drug companies and many health professionals are promoting the idea that it is okay, even preferable, for women to forgo their periods if they are not trying to get pregnant, and many women, when faced with the choice, are seriously considering ...
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No More Periods?
Observing the radical shift in the medical community toward menstrual suppression as a viable option in women’s health, Dr. Rako sees not only a vast information gap for women, but a serious health crisis on the horizon. Drug companies and many health professionals are promoting the idea that it is okay, even preferable, for women to forgo their periods if they are not trying to get pregnant, and many women, when faced with the choice, are seriously considering that option. But what isn’t being discussed enough are the hazards of such
suppression, risks that include osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.
In No More Periods? Dr. Rako delves into the whys, hows, and musts of women’s gynecological health and takes a reasoned stand for believing that nature and our bodies have an intelligence about this critical issue. This book is a call to sanity from a woman who has become known as a devout defender of women’s health rights.
"Tampering with the hormonal climate of healthy menstruating women, including teenage girls whose lives stretch ahead for decades, for the purpose of doing away with their periods is, in a word, reckless. Manipulating women’s
hormonal chemistry for the purpose of menstrual suppression threatens to be the largest uncontrolled experiment in the history of medical science. Hands down.
What the media has not conveyed, what the public has not heard, what too few health professionals know, and what every woman and her doctor must know about the hazards of menstrual suppression deserves a voice. I am determined that it will have one."—Susan Rako, M.D.

Author Biography: SUSAN RAKO, M.D., is the author of the groundbreaking book The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause, which brought her to international prominence as
a preeminent authority on testosterone deficiency and supplementation for women. An expert in the field of women’s hormonal health and women’s health rights, Dr. Rako is a Boston-based psychiatrist who has been in private practice for thirty years. After graduation from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she trained and taught at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Rako is at work on a collection of essays and stories from her life.

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In this invaluable book, Dr. Susan Rako, a preeminent authority on women’s gynecological health, bravely debunks the anti-period movement as “bad science,” calling menstrual suppression for the purposes of birth control “the largest uncontrolled experiment in the history of medical science. Hands down.”

Despite what seems like a fabulous deal -- no more expensive products, no more cramps, no more mess every month -- experts on women’s health, like Dr. Rako, issue warnings about manipulating the fragile female hormonal cycle and the effects of denying the body its natural rhythm. Rako’s arguments are based on endocrinological studies that show the damaging effects of suppressing a woman’s periods. In language every woman can understand, No More Periods explains how interrupting the menstrual cycle results in bone loss, sexual dysfunction, sterility, and depression.

Every fertile woman ought to arm herself with the information in this slender book -- especially younger women who believe this “easy” birth control option has no side effects. In other words, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is -- period. Jessica Leigh Lebos

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Considering that this slender volume includes 25 pages of bibliographic references-almost all from important medical journals-it delivers much less than what its subtitle promises. Rako (The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Sexuality, Menopause, and Testosterone) is a psychiatrist, though not board certified, in private practice in the Boston area, and here she seeks to rebut Malcolm Gladwell's 2000 New Yorker article, which discussed the health benefits of menstrual suppression by contraceptives. Rako focuses on the deleterious effects of injectable Depo-Provera and the continuous use of (i.e., daily, rather than three weeks on and one week off) oral contraceptives. She also addresses the positive effects of monthly blood loss and reprints undated postings from an unnamed web site by women worldwide who just said no to "an opportunity to stop their menstrual cycles." Given her impressive amount of research, one wishes that Rako had explained much more about the drugs that induce menstrual cessation and offered more insight into how women have felt over the decades about menstruation and its cessation, whether natural or drug-induced. Libraries that own Brazilian gynecologist Elsimar Coutinho's Is Menstruation Obsolete? will want to purchase Rako's book, which is also appropriate for large public, consumer health, and women's studies collections. Those lacking popular yet well-researched books for adults on menstruation may prefer Karen Houppert's The Curse. (Appendix and index not seen.)-Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400045037
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN RAKO, M.D., is the author of the groundbreaking book The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause, which brought her to international prominence as

a preeminent authority on testosterone deficiency and supplementation for women. An expert in the field of women’s hormonal health and women’s health rights, Dr. Rako is a Boston-based psychiatrist who has been in private practice for thirty years. After graduation from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she trained and taught at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Rako is at work on a collection of essays and stories from her life.

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No More Periods?
Observing the radical shift in the medical community toward menstrual suppression as a viable option in women’s health, Dr. Rako sees not only a vast information gap for women, but a serious health crisis on the horizon. Drug companies and many health professionals are promoting the idea that it is okay, even preferable, for women to forgo their periods if they are not trying to get pregnant, and many women, when faced with the choice, are seriously considering that option. But what isn’t being discussed enough are the hazards of such suppression, risks that include osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.
In No More Periods? Dr. Rako delves into the whys, hows, and musts of women’s gynecological health and takes a reasoned stand for believing that nature and our bodies have an intelligence about this critical issue. This book is a call to sanity from a woman who has become known as a devout defender of women’s health rights.
"Tampering with the hormonal climate of healthy menstruating women, including teenage girls whose lives stretch ahead for decades, for the purpose of doing away with their periods is, in a word, reckless. Manipulating women’s hormonal chemistry for the purpose of menstrual suppression threatens to be the largest uncontrolled experiment in the history of medical science. Hands down.
What the media has not conveyed, what the public has not heard, what too few health professionals know, and what every woman and her doctor must know about the hazards of menstrual suppression deserves a voice. I am determined that it will have one."—Susan Rako, M.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    Well, well worth reading & considering. A real find!

    After a severe, near-fatal reaction to 'natural' progesterone (which seems, unfortunately, to be all the rage these days), I ran across Dr. Rako's wonderful book in my stack of hormone research. It was a delightful read and full of fascinating, pertinent information. Written in a open, likeable, conversational style, this book was also packed with eye-opening medical facts. Yes, Dr. Rako urges readers to become informed about what the Pill and other contraceptives like Depo-Provera can do to a delicate hormonal system - and for good reason! Unfortunately, I speak from bitter experience. How I wish I had encountered Dr. Rako's book long before I ever took the Pill for the first time, and even more, before I tried the Depo-Provera-esque natural progesterone! Talk about ruining your health and your life... Please, even if you don't agree with everything you read, at least take the time to inform yourself of the dangers of meddling with hormones before you trot down that road like a lamb to the slaughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    What Every Woman Should Know About Menstrual Suppression

    THIS IS THE BOOK TO INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH MENSTRUAL SUPPRESSION! GREAT BOOK! This is a wonderful book that shares with the world the real information about the dangers of menstrual suppression. In the current climate and with the help of the media this practice has become quite popular (almost recommended), but not every woman is given the information to make an informed decision about their own body. Is it the right thing to do or will it cause you health problems that are not worth the benefit of having no period? Read this book to find out... This book is well-written and while it is a bit heavy with scientific detail it is quite accessible to the average reader (I have no medical training and found it quite easily understandable). Hopefully lots of people will buy this book and make their own INFORMED decisions about their personal cycles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    No More Periods?: The Risks of Menstrual Suppression and Other Cutting-Edge Issues in Women's Reproductive Health

    This book is a gift to all women, but especially to our daughters and grand daughters who may increasingly be facing pressure to use drugs to do away with their periods. As a medical professional with Masters Degrees in Public Health and Education from Harvard University, I am impressed with the thoroughness of Dr. Rako's responsible research. Finally a medical professional, unbiased by pharmaceutical conflicts of interest and unafraid to speak out, has done the work of laying out, in language we can all understand, that wholesale manipulation of women's normal menstrual cycle has costs to our bodies the drug companies do not want us to know about -- and that too few of our own doctors know. How many of us know that 'the shot' can cause osteoporosis even in young women -- and that the birth control pill is now known to contribute actively to cancer of the cervix? 6,000 American women -- many of them young women with young children -- will die this year of this cancer. In addition to the important well-documented health hazards of the pill, Rako draws attention to the fact that manipulating the menstrual cycle dislocates women from our fundamental nature. Finally I want to stress that this book is a balanced analysis of the pros and cons of doing away with women's periods. Dr. Rako has laid out the factors that will help each woman to make her own risk/benefit analysis, and will help those women for whom non-stop use of the birth control pill makes sense to choose this option. Thank you, Dr. Rako, for being a voice of sanity in a world focused on 'convenience' at a cost we may know only when it is too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    No More Periods?: The Risks of Menstrual Suppression and Other Cutting-Edge Issues in Women's Reproductive Health

    This book is a gift to all women, but especially to our daughters and granddaughters who may increasingly be facing pressure to use drugs to do away with their periods. As a medical professional with Masters Degrees in Public Health and Education from Harvard University, I am impressed with the thoroughness of Dr. Rako's responsible research. Finally a physician, unbiased by pharmaceutical conflicts of interest and unafraid to speak out, has done the work of laying out, in language we can all understand, that wholesale manipulation of women's normal menstrual cycle has costs to our bodies the drug companies do not want us to know about -- and that too few of our own doctors know. How many of us know that 'the shot' can cause osteoporosis even in young women -- and that the birth control pill is now known to contribute actively to cancer of the cervix? 6,000 American women -- many of them young women with young children -- will die this year of this cancer. In addition to the important well-documented health hazards of the pill, Rako draws attention to the fact that manipulating the menstrual cycle dislocates women from our fundamental nature. Finally I want to stress that this book is a balanced analysis of the pros and cons of doing away with women's periods. Dr. Rako has laid out the factors that will help each woman to make her own risk/benefit analysis, and will help those women for whom non-stop use of the birth control pill makes sense to choose this option. Thank you, Dr. Rako, for being a voice of sanity in a world focused on 'convenience' at a cost we may know only when it is too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Common Sense!

    Dr. Rako's words are a cry for common sense in a world gone mad. Period suppressions? Does this sounds right to anyone? With hormones being pushed on us for everything, and the rates of infertilty & cancer continually rising, I cannot help but to suspect a connection. Thank you for your words of reason!

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