Issues with stopping the pill...periods. On the pill, practically no periods or they lasted for one day. Without the pill, things are back to how they used to be...several days. It will take me a while to get used to this again.
As a strange side-note, I met a man last Friday. He is Hindu and, for reasons that I blush to discuss, the issue of me starting my period on Saturday has come up. So I started to look into the issue of how Hinduism treats the topic of menstruation. In Christian tradition women menstruate as a punishment for Eve...beware, don't get me started on the topic of original sin! In Hindu tradition menstruation comes from a negotiation:
In Hinduism, where rules of untouchability could be vast and complex, bleeding women were expected to avoid worship, cooking, and members of their own family through restrictions that were precisely proscribed; according to the Vendidad (16.4), a woman in her menses "should keep fifteen paces from fire, fifteen from water … and three paces from a holy man." Visiting a consecrated holy place during menses was highly contaminating and therefore forbidden, as were women's involvement in ritualistic worship practices in general. Such a stigma was explained in part by the Bhagavata Purana, which described the menstrual cycle as constituting a partial karmic reaction to Indra's inadvertent killing of a brahmana; according to the text, after Indra killed the brahmana, he proceeded to negotiate with four groups who agreed to absorb one-quarter of the karmic reaction in exchange for a blessing. Women received the blessing of engaging in sex during pregnancy without endangering the embryo in exchange for accepting the monthly menstrual cycle.
I find this interesting as at least it isn't woman's fault in one way or another. But of course women during this time are commonly still considered as "unclean". Husbands are not supposed to share the same bed with them, they aren't allowed to prepare food or do chores, and they aren't supposed to talk to a Brahman priest or participate in temple services. As my friend is of that caste I am going to ask him about this....but after my period is through in the effort of cultural sensitivity. In any case, it is still better than women are treated in the Jewish tradition...
Of course, in the effort of understanding the culture more of my new friend I have started reading up more on Hinduism, which has proved to be enlightening so far...
Leviticus stated that while menstruating, a woman would be considered unclean for seven days and anyone who touched her would also be unclean. The taboo continued to be recognized by Orthodox Jews, who relegated bleeding women to their own secluded sphere or enjoined them to abstain from sexual intercourse for seven days, followed by immersion in the mikveh, or ritual bath. Such isolation accorded with what was thought to be women's special burdens-
EDIT: See Within/Without's take on the subject and the comment war that follows.