have also been used in an effort to induce fertility, including
clomophene and gonadotrophin. However, these two are well known for
their ability to cause pregnancy,
multiples. In Australia, an
apparently infertile woman produced a pregnancy consisting of ten
foetuses at once, reportedly after being treated with one of these
drugs. This was in the time before the advent of bromocriptine.
The point of all
this is to indicate that if amenorrhoea takes place, there is a
suitable form of treatment available.
See your doctor
and have a talk to him. He will most probably refer you to a
specialist obstetrician, gynaecologist or infertility clinic at a
large hospital for assessment and treatment. It is not to be
undertaken lightly, for these products are powerful and must be
given only under adequate skilled medical supervision. It is in the
realm of the specialist.
Women on the Pill
often notice a marked reduction in their menstrual bleeds. It may
reduce to half a day or even less. The blood may be dark or even
black. It is pointed out that this is all within normal limits. The
bleeding is not a true menstrual bleed, but is referred to as
'withdrawal bleeding,'' and is due
to the sudden withdrawal of the hormones. So do not be alarmed if
this happens to you. In some women, menstruation stops entirely.
Many women ask if
it is possible to gain a few days free from bleeding altogether.
Some wish to pre-plan the possibility of menstruation in relation to
some important function (often their wedding day in girls newly put
on the Pill).
But it may be
some important social function, or whatever.
The answer is
that if the Pill break comes when you do not want any bleeding,
simply starting the next packet of pills without any break at all,
will guarantee you no menstrual flow. In fact, bleeding will take
place only about three days after the last pill has been taken. This
is a handy little hint to keep in the back of your mind. It is
harmless, and quite reliable.