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The Blessings of the Curse

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.

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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."



Danielle Allard
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."



  1. The daily, nonstop use of the potent estrogen in the birth control pills designed to do away with menstrual periods results in a woman’s having LESS AVAILABLE NATURAL TESTOSTERONE in her body. The consequences of this state of testosterone deficiency can be subtle to severe. One thing that women taking pills to do away with their periods notice is that they have significantly less interest in making love, and experience less pleasure in sex. Many women have told me that when they report this to their doctors, they are told that “the Pill” has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. The truth is that “the Pill” can have EVERYTHING to do with it, and nonstop use of “the Pill” can absolutely be the cause.
    • In my book, The Hormone of Desire, you will find everything you (and your doctors) should know about the vital role that testosterone plays not only in a woman’s sexual functioning, but also in building healthy bones, protecting against depression, keeping muscles strong, protecting against heart attacks and strokes, keeping hair shiny, keeping eyes from developing “dry eye,” and contributing to the health of every organ system in a woman’s body. NONSTOP USE OF THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL REDUCES THE LEVELS OF TESTOSTERONE WE NEED FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH.
  2. Using potent hormones non-stop, with the consequence of doing away with any monthly bleed, deprives a woman of the only naturally-occuring means of ridding her body of excess stored iron. Excess stored iron is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. 
  3. It has been shown that the use of birth control pills is a partner to high-risk strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in CAUSING cancer of the cervix. More than 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by certain strains of HPV, and women who use birth control pills are at GREATER risk. Further – we know that the longer-term a woman uses birth control pills, the greater the risk. No studies have yet been done to evaluate the INCREASED risk of cancer of the cervix in women who use birth-control pills NONSTOP. Common sense tells us that it is likely that nonstop use of the birth control pill will further increase this risk. While cancer of the cervix can often be cured, unfortunately some such cancers are resistant to treatment. Even here in the United States, several thousand women, some of them young women, die each year from cancer of the cervix. A few years back, Dr. Jerome Groopman wrote an important article in theNew Yorker magazine about what is NOW an epidemic of HPV infection -- and about his experience with one college-age woman whose life he couldn’t save (issue of September 13, 1999 – “A Sometimes Lethal Sexual Epidemic That Condoms Can’t Stop.”)
  4. ALL of these risks -- yet taking “the Pill” nonstop does NOT immediately do away with bleeding. Unpredictable bleeding and spotting often continues for months. This bleeding can be as heavy as a “usual period.” On the basis of a television advertising campaign that underplayed the facts about the bleeding and distracted the viewer from attending to the disclaimer about the risks, in December, 2005, the FDA warned the makers of Seasonale to stop this irresponsible advertising. You may have noticed that these ads have stopped. 
  5. The pharmaceutical companies who are encouraging women to do away with their periods are jockeying for a position in an INDUSTRY worth more than 2 BILLION dollars a year. 

"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. 

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 deserves a voice.  I am determined it will have one."

Susan Rako, M.D.    



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