Let’s Break the Silence about Menstruation and Contraception

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Let’s Break the Silence about Menstruation and Contraception

Happy (almost) Menstrual Hygiene Day! In recognition of the important linkages between menstrual health and family planning, we are launching a new campaign this week in collaboration with Knowledge SUCCESS and the Contraceptive-Induced Menstruation Changes Task Force.

You are invited to share your story about experiences with changes to your menstrual cycle (also known as a monthly period) while using contraceptive methods like birth control pills, injectables, implants, and IUDs. A selection of these stories will be turned into illustrations and used in a global campaign on this topic and highlighted during the upcoming International Conference on Family Planning in Thailand this November. You are invited to share a written story, audio recording, or video with your experiences.   

Examples of menstrual changes can include changes in how long you bleed, how much you bleed, how often you bleed, how regularly you bleed, how your blood looks and/or smellsincluding more or fewer blood clots, as well as changes in your menstrual cramping and pain. 

Many people do not know that these types of menstrual changes are very common and to be expected when using most forms of contraception. In some cases, these changes can cause problems for contraceptive users such as confusion or inconvenience. But for other people, these menstrual changes can lead to improvements in quality of life such as less bleeding or pain or greater convenience to engage in work or school. 

If you are someone who has experienced menstrual changes while using a contraceptive method, we want to know your story. Please follow this link to view example stories and anonymously upload your own written, audio, or video recorded story.