"(ignores all previous nonsense arguing and actually goes to answer about questions posted) My periods used to be horrible, actually. I've heard somewhere (and not sure if this is confirmed or not..so if anyone actually does know and has a link or support, let me know) that you are more likely to inherit your periods from your mother, and she is much larger than me and can stand the amount of blood loss that I cannot. I would faint sometimes from the pain and blood loss. After I got on the Pill, my periods are drastically lighter, shorter, and generally more enjoyable..if there is even such a thing."
I never heard that you more than likely inherit your moms period. If it's true then it isn't true for me. My mom was regular and she never missed periods. She did have PMS though...mood swings, cramping, bloating. Me on the other hand, for the most part I was very lucky in the PMS department. I would get light to no cramping (mostly no cramping). I got moody and bloated but thats the extent of it. I don't think I've been regular off birth control pills ever. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and I often miss periods, sometimes for months at a time.
My gyno put me on Metformin for a year and I became regular, my periods were shorter. Now that I no longer take the Metformin my periods are not regular but they aren't skipping months like they used to. Once in a while I'll miss a month or maybe even two consecutively but it comes and I've noticed that since I stopped the medication the first two days of my period are heavier than before.
I hate taking BC pills (in my case, I wasn't taking BC pills. Metformin is actually for diabetes but it also helps with PCOS) because they make your body rely on the pill so that when you decide to get off your BC pills (or shot or nuvaring whatever you're using) your body doesn't remember how to regulate your period on its own anymore.
Wow, look at me going off on a tangent....sorry! lol