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No More Periods?: The Risks of Menstrual Suppression and Other Cutting-Edge Issues About Hormones and Women's Health Hardcover – April 22, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1st edition (April 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400045037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400045037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About 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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Her patronizing judgements make me sorry I spent good money on this garbage.
Margaret Joppa
Now, I know women whose periods aren't as bad as mine, but I do not know ANY woman who does not hate it or who does not have all kinds of unpleasant side effects.
Jane Doe
At least she admits in the first chapter that many well-educated medical professionals DISAGREE with her personal opinion.
Althea A. Morin

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Althea A. Morin on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in one woman's personal opinion, feel free to read this book. But if you are looking for actual medical facts regarding a woman's health, supported by scientific studies; you won't find any here.

Dr. Rako makes a lot of claims in this book, but doesn't have anything to back up those claims. Her reasoning seems to be, "periods are NATURAL and a part of woman's FEMINITY, so choosing not to have them is BAD."

At least she admits in the first chapter that many well-educated medical professionals DISAGREE with her personal opinion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E.B.d.M. e C. on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a stunning example of the absolute and total mangling and distortion of science. It should be categorized under "faith" rather than gynecology or science.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Joppa on October 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a waste of money. The author tries to scare the readers instead of inform them. Her patronizing judgements make me sorry I spent good money on this garbage. It is extremely biased, and she presents erronious conclusions to scientific articles. For example, p. 107 she writes "Research shows that the increased appetite that troubles women using the shot may be due to a direct effect on the brain, where a particular set of neurons tends to accumulate concentrations of the drug." The actual science was conducted in male monkeys, and the research had nothing to do with feeding or body weight. The author presents any positive benefit of the pill as a negative. It is accepted and well-known that hormonal contraception has some down-sides. But the author can't even stay focused on menstruating women. In chapter 4 she devotes 2 pages to a poem then spends the rest of it on research in postmenopausal women. I think this author would be happier seeing all women barefoot and pregnant. The last chapter (8 pages) is evangelical in the promotion of menstruation as sexy! If you want to be judged negatively and patronized for wanting choices from science and biology, this book is for you.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on March 25, 2008
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This book makes me angry, because so far as I know, it's the only major source of information about the possible risks of menstrual suppression. All the other books and websites and stuff I've seen about it say that there is no risk and no problems, which I find highly dubious.

So this book discusses in depth the possible risks of the hormonal meddling that menstrual suppression requires. It also questions the medical background of some of the doctors who have advocated it, documenting the dubious activities they've engaged in. This is valuable information.

The problem is that the author makes herself untrustworthy by talking about how much she loooooves menstruating. She insists that she always felt sexy and powerful and happy while she was menstruating. All the women I know - ALL the women I know - feel miserable, ugly, tired, and in pain when they're having their periods.

She also claims that before she became a doctor, she only knew one woman in her entire life who had cramps, and she characterizes this as a "rare" condition. If by "rare", she means "experienced by 95% of the women who menstruate", then I guess it is rare. Now, I know women whose periods aren't as bad as mine, but I do not know ANY woman who does not hate it or who does not have all kinds of unpleasant side effects.

Because of the ridiculous lies she tells about how wonderful menstruation is - and I'm menstruating right now, let me tell you there is nothing frelling wonderful about it - I have to wonder how much I can trust the rest of the information in her book.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2003
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As a medical professional with Masters Degrees in Public Health and Education from Harvard University, where I too have spent countless hours researching the stacks of Harvard's Countway Library, 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 truths many would rather not to have to face, 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 that 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, as a medical professional who was trained in graduate school to critique others' medical research, 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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