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Women using the pill don't need their periods anymore.
They can keep swallowing it. Still they think it's needed that they need their "natural" period.
A Strip with pills women need to swallow every 3 weeks, and stop a week to have their periods.
That's how the pill was marketed 50 years ago and that's how most women know the pill.
The only reason then was to create social acceptability, "they feared women wouldn't use the pill at all", Says Marlies Sellekens.
According to Rob Beerthuizen, Gynaecologist and director of the anti-conception foundation Netherlands; The church was against birth control, but with a an idea of a "natural" cycle it was acceptable, that there was no ovulation they "forgot to mention". So the week of stopping has no use at all.