The CZ-75. This is what Black Widow should have been carrying in The Avengers, not those goofy miniature Glocks that they gave her.
Ok, but what is it?
I see a lot of people on Tumblr complaining about their menstrual cycles.
I’m going to tell you a secret.
If you can tolerate hormonal birth control (birth control pills), then…
You don’t have to have a period. Ever.
Here’s how it works: Your average package of birth control pills has 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills. Those 7 inactive pills trigger a sort of pseudo-menstrual cycle. They were set up this way for two reasons: First, to the Catholic church to let good Catholics use them. Second, because the inventors thought that women were too stupid to cope without a simulated menstrual cycle.
The bleeding that you get when you take the useless pills isn’t a real menstrual cycle, btw. It’s called “withdrawal bleeding.”
There are no proven health benefits for those placebo pills. If you skip the seven useless pills and immediately start another round of active pills, you probably won’t bleed at all.
No placebo pills = no bleeding. It’s really that easy.
There are complications, of course. Your insurance might not want to cover the extra pills you’ll be taking. One solution is to take an extended-cycle birth control pill, like Seasonale, which only has a week of placebo pills once every three months. (There are even newer pills which are intended to be used without breaks.) You might have irregular bleeding for a while until your body settles down. And, of course, there are plenty of people who can’t tolerate the side-effects of hormonal birth control, placebo pills or no placebo pills.
Some people use their menstrual period as a quick-and-dirty pregnancy test. The best pregnancy test is still the one you buy at the pharmacy — and the best way to prevent pregnancy is to use two or more methods of birth control. Condoms, for example.
Some assholes want to argue that there’s some reason why women (by which they mean cis women only, of course) MUST suffer through the blood/cramps/puking/mood swings/etc of what they laughably call a “normal” menstrual cycle. They think that avoiding the misery of menstruation is a “lifestyle choice.” As usual, nothing riles up the prudes like women opting out of their God-given suffering.
And yeah, it might cause cancer. Name me something that HASN’T been blamed for cancer. It might also prevent some cancers. The jury is still out. This a personal choice. What would you rather do: Suffer for a week out of every month for most of your adult life, or possibly risk a slight increase in your chance of getting some kind of cancer down the line?
It’s up to you.
Peter S. Beagle (Team Unicorn) versus George R. R. Martin (Team Dire Wolf). Fight!
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