Menstrual cycles are blamed for everything from mood swings to acne, and no one can argue the discomfort of cramps and bloating. Now, the FDA has approved the first birth control pill that prevents periods all year long.
Lybrel includes only active low-dose hormones to prevent ovulation, and when taken continuously, it prevents a woman from having a period. It is similar to Seasonique and Seasonale, birth control pills that result in a period only once every three months. Some women are already able to accomplish this with doctors who prescribe birth control and instruct women not to take the seven days of placebo pills (the week during which a woman will otherwise have her period).
While the thought of no periods is hugely attractive, some question the effects on a woman’s health. But the reality is that most doctors say there is no medical reason for monthly bleeding, and health problems caused by menstrual cycles, such as anemia and even epilepsy, will be reduced. But the trade-off is that you might experience intermittent spotting and breakthrough bleeding. The most important thing to do is get a thorough examination and discussion with your doctor before changing the way you take your birth control pills or requesting a different prescription.
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