(March, 1999)

Birth Control a P-Trigger?
from Debbie D.

Hi Ed, I haven't written in awhile. Things are pretty good but the P is on the flare! I was thinking about it the other day and trying to find a reason why it started flaring about 1.5 years ago. One thing occurred to me that I haven't seen mentioned on your website: Do other women flare when they change birth control methods? I had a copper IUD (intra-uterine device) placed in my uterus back in October, 1997. Since then, it has been flaring and hasn't stopped. I am contemplating having it removed, but it is expensive, and then I will have to find another method (ugh!). I thought you and our friends at FLAKE HQ would have more valuable input than my Doc. Any thoughts or ideas?

Meanwhile, keep up the good work and thanks for the great place to visit! -Debbie D.

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Ed's Response: You're right about it being a new topic here, Debbie. And certainly one with interesting implications. I hope many of our female patrons will stop to consider this and e-mail with their own reflections & retrospections. What I know about birth control wouldn't fill a thimble, but the simple semantics seem plausible. Birth "control" means triggering or untriggering an otherwise natural biological process and, as we know, "trigger" is the magic word for P. What have ye to say, lady patrons? -Ed

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