Under the category of “things that women have to deal with but don’t love,” periods would probably make the top 10. For some people, a period involves painful cramps, mood swings, migraines, acne, and more — making it the not-so-great "time of the month".
“With the onset of menstruation at an average age of 12.3 years, most women will experience periods for a significant portion of their lives,” Prudence Hall, M.D., gynecologist and founder and medical director of The Hall Center, tells Bustle. “It’s important to know as much as you can about this much maligned and misunderstood, yet natural and healthy, body function.” And when you add hormonal birth control to the mix, it’ll affect your period, too.
“The period, or menstruation, is regulated by hormones that are secreted by the ovary,” Julie Rios, MD, reproductive endocrinologist at the UC Center for Reproductive Health, tells Bustle. “Different forms of birth control can contain different hormones and, thus, affect women’s periods in various ways.” But some birth control methods can affect periods more than others.