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Cycledork Letters: #6
by Lara Briden
“What I wish other people knew about periods.”
A real period is the end result of a series of important ovarian and hormonal events including ovulation and the manufacture of progesterone. In contrast, a Pill bleed is a withdrawal-bleed from synthetic steroids such as ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. Withdrawal bleeds are dosed in a 28 day cycle in an attempt to mimic a real cycle.