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I came to the stark realization a few weeks ago that I will never have another period. Ever. I had my elective procedure and last Depo-Provera injection well over a year ago. Since then, I have had no foul, stinky menstruation, nothing, has come leaking out of my vagina. I no longer have to carry or buy tampons and pads. Or worry that I forgot to mark the calendar so that I have to guestimate my next cycle at the risk of bleeding on my clothes in public. I don’t have period panties anymore (those panties that are so stained and messy looking from ‘accidents’ I would die of embarrassment if I was ever in a car crash and someone had to strip them off of me, preferably a hot firefighter). I don’t have to worry about hormones to prevent pregnancy and the side effects associated with them. I will never again worry that I accidentally missed a pill or had to reschedule a Depo-Provera appointment or that my IUD had migrated out of place. I DON’T HAVE HORRIBLE DEBILITATING CRAMPS!!!!! I don’t feel self-conscious having sex with my boyfriend for fear he can smell the beginnings or endings of a menstrual cycle when we are intimate. While I am amazed at the beauty and efficacy of the female body and all its evolutionary perfection to bring forth life, now that I have birthed two children of my own, I have been liberated from the less appealing attributes of being female. I am so pleased that I was able to have this procedure.