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Ask Dr. Gott 11/22

When can menopausal women cease birth control?

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 53-year-old wife and mother with a question. I have read that after one year without having a period, I do not have to be concerned about birth control anymore. How exact is that? At what time can I be absolutely sure that I do not need to use birth control of any kind? I have never had a permanent form of sterilization performed and am anxiously awaiting the day when I have no need for any birth control.

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