As most women can attest, menstrual cycles come with many difficult symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, and painful cramps.
One woman has found a unique and controversial method of keeping menstrual symptoms at bay - by constantly getting pregnant to avoid periods altogether.
A Canadian influencer, Chantel Schneider, revealed her and her husband's unconventional decision in a short video that gained 4.5 million views in TikTok.
"When he gets you pregnant every year so you don't have to deal with periods," said content creator Schneider, who has more than 660,900 followers on TikTok and another 150,000 on Instagram.
Schneider has two children and is currently pregnant with a third child. She said she and her husband plan to continue expanding their family until they have ten children.
Schneider and her husband, Aaron Alexander, post videos under the moniker "The Alexander Family," in order to share both the good and bad experiences of consecutive pregnancies.
According to Schneider, she enjoys being pregnant all the time despite the difficulties because it means she does not have to deal with the unpleasant side effects of a menstrual cycle.
”My pregnancies are completely miserable but somehow I still prefer being pregnant to having my period,” she wrote in response to criticism of her video.
Mixed responses to the method
Schneider's unorthodox method drew mixed reviews. One commenter claimed she was smart and another said her husband must be Superman.
"Wow, I love the idea," wrote one of the viewers and another added,” I’m with you. I've also been pregnant since 2020."
Others were less supportive. "Even if it's a joke, it's really not funny," wrote one. "Sorry, but it's not cute,” said another critical comment.