Dr. Susan Rako, a highly respected authority in the field of women's health, takes on the ever-growing antimenstruation movement in medicine and shows the fallacy and danger it masks... Read more
The largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history has begun, with healthy women as the test subjects. On September 5, 2003 the FDA approved the pharmaceutical drug,Seasonale.
Rushed to market by Halloween, it is the first drug in a 2.2 billion dollar per year market (according to the “Information for Investors” posted early-on by the pharmaceutical company, Barr Labs) urging menstrual suppression for the sake of convenience on healthy girls and women of fertile age.
Seasonale was tested for only one year on fewer than 300 women. Dosing millions of women non-stop with birth control pills is, in a word, reckless. Common sense dictates caution in doing away with the normal menstrual cycle. In 2000, when first I read about the prospect of convincing women that the normal menstrual cycle could safely be dispensed with, on the basis of what I already knew about women's reproductive physiology, I was more worried. I undertook to research the subject fully, and what I have learned concerns me even further. My book: The Blessings of the Curse: No More Periods?details and documents the risks. I have pledged to donate all future royalties for this book to Women's Health On Alert (WHOA).In The Blessing of the Curse: 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.
The Barnes & Noble Review
by Jessica Leigh Lebos
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 ... “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.
Edward Klaiber, M.D.
author of Hormones and the Mind
"A book which clearly establishes the medical risks involved with the suppression of the normal menstrual cycle, thoroughly researched and extensively documented, No More Periods?convincingly argues that tampering with the natural rhythm of a woman's reproductive cycle is a large, uncontrolled experiment. Writing with intelligence and sensitivity, Dr.Rako speaks about her own and many other women's feelings regarding the affirmation and wonder of healthy menstruation. Following her earlier work, The Hormone of Desire, this book further entrenches Dr. Rako's already well established position as a leading expert in the field of women's health."
Canadian Women's Health Network
"Menstrual suppression, the cessation of a woman's period using hormones, has recently become a hot topic in women's health. Many health professionals and drug companies are suggesting that it is a safe and preferable option for women to suppress their periods if they are not trying to become pregnant. In her book, No More Periods, Susan Rako argues that this is a dangerous idea that does not take into consideration the medical risks associated with menstrual suppression such as osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes and cancer. She is concerned that members of the medical community have not provided women with enough information about the implications of menstrual suppression. A gap exists that once filled, will cause women to think long and hard before choosing to stop their periods. This book attempts to fill that gap by discussing frankly and honestly the far reaching implications of what it means not only to stop one's period but also alter the whole menstrual and female reproductive cycle."
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Susan Rako, M.D.