[quote="ryanethelion, post:1, topic:235812"]
I'm wondering if it is all right for birth control to be used to regulate periods?
My mom told me it was against the catholic religion to take them. I understand fully that contraceptives are used to prevent pregnancies, and that's something God does not want. However, I'm abstinent. I will stay abstinent until marriage. I'm not in a relationship, or in any situation that I'd use birth control to prevent pregnancy. I just want to use it because my menstruation cycle is horribly irregular. Is there any reason that I shouldn't use it? There's really no need for me to have a menstruation cycle if I'm not planning on having children before the age of 23. Help? :)
I was in your situation as a teenager. I had a different type of physical pain though, which was before my period. I was on the pill for a while (4 years or so) to help it. I was not married (obviously) and not having sex anyway, so it was just a medication to me.
However, knowing what I now know about the pill, about fertility, etc. I wish I had not been on it. After I went off it in college because it stopped seeming like it was actually helping, my body took months to get back into its regular cycle. Months.
I do not recommend going on the pill.
Try reading up on nfp. I recommend that because it will educate you a great deal about how your body works. Not every woman always has cycles of the same length, and contrary to popular belief, that is not automatically a bad thing. I understand it can be very annoying to be unsure about when to expect your period, but if you learn about nfp and chart your cycles, that will become easier. (basically if you know when ovulation has happened, your period will generally always come the same number of days after that. It's the pre-ovulation phase of the cycle where variation in length can happen. If your period is "late," in reality it's your ovulation that was late, and the period came "on time" relative to the ovulation.)
I'm reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I got an old edition really cheap on amazon. (You just need to bear in mind that she is not a Catholic writer, and suggests barriers sometimes.) It is very informative about reproductive health in general. And she does address supposed "irregular" cycles. Even if you're not intending to reproduce yet, you still really should understand your body. I wish i learned all this as a teenager. I appreciate my body a lot more now that I know it has a system that is more than just bleeding every certain number of days.
Good luck, I hope you don't decide to go on the pill. It's not the solution the medical industry makes it out to be. They seem to treat it like taking apsirin or something... but I digress. Best of luck.