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Our Red Book and the Power in Our Period Stories

our red book and the power in our period stories

For over eight years, I didn’t menstruate. First, because I was pregnant. And then, because I got an IUD.

Lemme tell you, I loved having that IUD. Suddenly, I no longer had to deal with heavy flows, heavy cramps, and poop problems. Period? What period? Sure, I was completely disconnected from the inner workings of my body, but that was a small price to pay for a period-less existence, and the peace of mind I received from knowing I would not have an unplanned pregnancy.

I do know that IUDs are not right for everybody. I know they have a troubled history, and that some people have had negative experiences with them.

But for me, living with an IUD inside me was a dream.

About a year and a half ago, I had my IUD removed because it was past its expiration date. Within two days of its removal, I had my first period in over eight years. I felt immediate regret.

Read this entire post over at Feminist Book Club.

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