Thank you all again. You guys are great!
I wasn't giving an explanation b/c I didn't want to gross anyone out, but maybe my question will make more sense if I explain. For those queasy about hearing the word menstruation, stop reading now. :P I am telling this story so people can realize how reprehensible the WTS really is when it comes to the blood issue.
Yes Scully you are right--my mother relied too much upon the Elders. She had a ubm and was instructed that the Elders were next in line to her husband as spiritual heads!!!!! That is why they pretty much ran our lives, down to the smallest detail.
Onto the medical thing....I did not have gynecological problems. I have a bleeding disorder similar to hemophilia which does cause hemorrhage at that time of the month though. I have hemorrhages in other parts of my body as well, muscle bleeds, nosebleeds, etc.
Birth control pills are a standard treatment of girls with my disorder. This is because the pill stimulates production of clotting factor. It decreases bleeds throughout my entire body. My 1st order of business after leaving the Borg was to get on the pill --> instant and very dramatic improvement in quality of life. No more daily nosebleeds lasting for hours. Less bruising. Less painful muscle bleeds. Less gastrointestinal bleeds. Less lateness and absenteeism at work. Lower medical bills. No more chronic anemia/weakness/fainting. Suddenly, I went from needing emergency care a few times a month to a few times a year.
When I was 11, my physician told my mother to put me on the pill. My mother sought the advice of her "spiritual heads" who said it would cause me to have sex. Yes, this was one of the times that I had to hear about the "girls are like cows" stuff in the literature. (What sick reasoning--as if the only reason I wasn't having sex at the tender age of 11 was fear of pregnancy.) Once my physician pled with my mother and she refused. I recall my doctor taking my mother out of the exam room (but well within the earshot of a resourceful kid). She said, "Just tell her it's a vitamin." My mother refused to defy the spiritual authority of the elders.
Never forget how dangerous the cult is!!!!!!!!!!