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A quarterly curse?

Menstruation is a hassle, but is it wise to do away with it?

By Shereen El Feki   September 2003

The Museum of Menstruation, a quirky little website devoted to the subject, lists more than 400 different expressions for the curse, including the historical (catamenia), sociable (“the cardinal is coming for a visit”), geographical (“the Red sea has flooded”) and political (“communists in the arbour”). Call it what you like, most women will tell you that periods are a pain: messy, uncomfortable and the butt of a thousand deeply unamusing jokes. But what if there were a safe, effective and, crucially, reversible way of suppressing menstruation?

Seasonale, a new oral contraceptive from Barr Laboratories, an American generic drugs manufacturer, claims…

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