Back in the day (said in my best old lady voice) periods were a fact of life. We got them, we suffered through them, and we dreaded the passing of the next 21 day until it came again. Now, periods are being called inconvenient and passé. The first time I ever heard of being able of being able to delay or eliminate periods is when a doctor offered it to me in 2001 after decades of menstruation problems. (A hysterectomy eventually solved my issues)
Recent medical and pharmaceutical advances have helped to change the way women think about their monthly period. The pills that stop or eliminate periods are not new. In fact, they are the same birth control pills women have been taking for decades. They have just been reformulated or manipulated to eliminate or delay periods.
Here are the most commonly used to delay or eliminate menstruation:
Lybrel was recently approved by the FDA as the first continuous use, “no period” birth control drug. Lybrel is made by Wyeth. The pill allows women to be able to take the pill continuously with no scheduled menstrual period every four weeks, as happens with other currently available oral contraceptives. Still, there is a chance that there will be some breakthrough bleeding or spotting. Lybrel works in very much the same way as normal oral contraceptives by preventing ovulation and stopping the body preparing for pregnancy.
Seaonale is another birth control pill that has been approved by the The Food and Drug Administration. It allows women to delay their period for three months at which time they take a weekly break and start the three period free months again. Seasonale is manufactured by Barr Laboratories and was released for use in 2003. “Like other available oral contraceptives, Seasonale is effective for prevention of pregnancy when used as directed. The risks of using Seasonale are similar to the risks of other conventional oral contraceptives and include an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. The labeling also carries the warning that cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from use of combination estrogen and progestin containing contraceptives. “(FDA.Gov)
Regular Birth control pills: Just about any other regularly prescribed birth control pill can be used to alter the normal menstruation pattern. TheWellTimedPeriod blog is one of many websites that explain how to do this. These regular birth control pills are used mostly to delay or eliminate one period. If you are looking for a long term solution, you should see your doctor about using a pill made specifically for that reason.