No-period Birth Control Pill

By Salvinorin A · May 24, 2007 · ·
  1. Salvinorin A
    [h2]FDA OKs 'No-Period' Birth Control Pill[/h2]Lybrel Is 1st Oral Contraceptive Designed to Stop Menstruation
    By Colette Bouchez
    WebMD Medical News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    [h3][/h3]May 22, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Lybrel, the first low-dose contraceptive pill that gives women an option to stop their menstrual cycle for an indefinite period of time.
    However, women using Lybrel will most likely have unplanned breakthrough bleeding or spotting, according to the FDA.
    Women should consider Lybrel's no-period convenience vs. the chance of having breakthrough bleeding or spotting, notes Daniel Shames, MD, deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
    "I think each woman and her health care provider will have to look at the data, which we have explicitly defined in our labeling, and decide if this form of contraception is appropriate for her," Shames told reporters at a news conference.
    [h3]About Lybrel[/h3]This newest form of birth control, developed by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, contains 90 micrograms of levonorgestrel and 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol -- a combination similar to that found in other low-dose oral contraceptives. The difference here: Lybrel replaces the four- to seven-day placebo pill with continuous daily dosing for nonstop birth control with no menstrual periods.
    "Wyeth developed this contraceptive so that women may have an additional option to manage their cycles. The studies to support this product are a reflection of our longtime commitment to innovation in women's health," said Ginger Constantine, Wyeth's vice president of Women's Health Care and Bone Repair, in 2005 when the new drug application was made.
    The FDA approved Lybrel based on two clinical trials, each lasting for one year, of more than 2,400 women aged 18-49.

    The trials showed Lybrel to be a safe and effective contraceptive when used as directed.....

    Um, so glad I'm not a woman. I don't have to be excited when I hear this news. A female friend of mine almost fainted when she read this in the newspaper.

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  1. fnord
    WOW,messing with ones natural body cycles sounds like a great idea!wonder what they will think of next? on another note did anyone know that deproprovera is used to chemicly castrate sex offenders?
  2. Peace Frog
    I can understand birth control of any sort for a woman who has horrible periods to the point of fainting or something...

    But for some women this just means that they can get laid 24/7 instead of having to worry about taking a week off... and THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is an extreme case of NYMPHOMANIA..

    Slightly irrelevent, but I wanted to say it anyway :p

    Yay birth control!
  3. augentier
    I wouldn't take just seems weirdly unnatural not to have a period at all...however, I don't think the menstrual cycle is exactly vital for a woman's health..but I'm not a doctor so...

    The thing about not being able to tell if you WERE pregnant really sucks..SURPRISE!
  4. sparks1420
    my girlfriend from highschool never got her period, if she got it once a year or two she was lucky, she went to the doctor many times, everytime they said she was fine and there was nothing wrong goin on down there, so i guess by stopping a womens period it isnt harming her, but that is just from what i have seen, who knows what long term effects its gonna have
  5. Jatelka
    For those that say suppressing menstruation is unnatural there IS an argument that (biologically speaking) "not menstruating" is actually the natural state for women.

    In historic times, because of a lack of effective birth-control, the majority of women of child bearing age were ALWAYS either pregnant or breastfeeding (and therefore not menstruating anyway).
  6. Benga
    not too sure abut this one. swim's partner recently gave up the pill ( a regular hormone based one in low concentrations), as it really affected her emotionally and lowered her sex-drive, and lubrication functions. This is actually quite difficult to do here as swim lives in a 100%pro pill country, where other contraceptives such as IUD's and diaphragms are frowned upon as reactionary methods..but these effects mentioned are not that rare, but you need to stop the pill for a few months to actually feel the difference, time to get the hormonal makeup back in gear. to swim's partner, it really did make a difference, and pill regulated menstruation and non pill regulated menstruation are not that different to her ( slightly more painful without)

    Jatelka, I see what you mean, but the issue with pills, from what swim's looked into, is that most partially mimic the hormonal makeup of a pregnant woman, to a certain extent.
    And because of our relatively short biological history you mentioned, the state of pregnancy, the child bearing situation does include more psycho-physiological consequences than just contraceptive ones, as one can tell by talking to a pregnant women about the changes linked to her child-bearing. Not saying that taking the pill gives one the experience of pregnancy, but it's a logical consequence of the hormonal changes that some functions change, basically putting the body into a more protective mode, both physically and emotionally, notably for the child to come's protection and interest. One theory has it that the emotionalism / sadness associated with menstruation could maybe be linked to the loss of the unfertilised ovule, an influence of these protective-affective mechanisms, intended to deepen the bond between the mother and the child.
    on the "natural state", i'd say that what is really clear that the female body is (still) pushing towards pregnancy, notably with the frequent increased sex drive linked to ovulation, another consequence of the gap between our relatively short biological history and our much great cultural evolution. But I'm not sure that, biologically speaking of course, being pregnant should be seen as a women's regular state. most mammals have heat periods, we have lost these for different reasons, so things are quite complex. but the drive for pregnancy is clearly part of the female, and male, biological, "natural" mechanisms...

    it's interesting to note that periods do stop under intense stress, or psychological traumas, something which has happened to many women in concentration camps, or even in our modern jails apparently. could be a consequence of general unbalance, or might be related to some sort of physical protective mechanisms.

  7. ojos_de_brujo
    Did Benga's gf ever hear of the vaginal ring? This is a bit more expensive than most oral contraceptives, but contains less hormones, since they don't need to go through the digestive system. It is as safe as oral contraceptives, but there are less side-effects.
  8. Alicia
    swia is always weary of these things, although painful and thats what makes hot water bottles gr8 as well as weed... anyway swia thinks naturals best, rather then complications of toying with something like this. I think it varies from person to person. but swia would not.. some of her friends would love something like this.
  9. Jatelka
    benga: Menstrual suppression can also be achieved with depot progesterone prepararations (90% women on Depo Provera are amenorrhoeic at 2 years).
  10. fnord
    also belemic/anorexic girls often dont have thier period,it also slows down puberty and the natural growth of a girls body,thats why youll see alot of gymnastic girls that are 20+ years old yet look 16.
  11. Benga
    not that often. I don't think it's easily available here, or very rare, but copper IUD with or without hormones are available, though there was a very strong consensus among doctors that they they should not be placed on nulliparous was believed that it could cause fertility issues in the future. now this is changing, but it's slow, and having to find a doctor which accepts placing IUD's, especially on nulliparous women, or even prescribing a diaphragm since they're not OTC ( need to find out a size and have some training to use), requires a lot of research.
    A family planning and the great majority of gynecologists will simply push the pill ( suspicions of collusion with the pharmaceutical lobby) and refuse to even hear about alternatives, dismissed as "bothersome". This is no exagerration.. It was interesting as swim's gf is japanese, and the pill was approved for use in Japan in 1999 swim had to do the informing at first, in this country where contraception, including oral contraception, was autorized in 1967...
    swim is not female, but was pretty enthusiastic about hormonal contraception in his relationships. but now this is changing, as he's hearing about negative aspects more, and in his personal history of relationships has seen "with and without" (not necessarily in this order), and is now pretty much convinced that for some people it really does have physical and psychological effects beyond placebo, notably on their sexuality.

    but the vaginal ring is still very exotic over here...implants and skin patches as well, but will probably be accepted easier. Thanks for the info Jatelka, didn't know this. Depo Provera is injected isn't it ?

  12. Jatelka
    ^^^ intramuscular, every 12-14 weeks. Brilliant (if you want a personal opinion)
  13. bob_arctor
    SWIM has many friends who suffer from severe endometriosis (one of the most common diseases, 20% of all women have some form of it, but only 5-7% seem to have so painful cysts that they seek out medical help) and this might just be a better option than regular pills or operation (which is problematic when it comes to endometriosis, for several reasons).
  14. Peace Frog
    in SWIM's opinion, it would depend on the woman.. as he stated above, a woman suffering from severe menstrual cramps and bleeding (Enough to hospitalize or cause fainting) should be taking such a pill, but he also thinks that maybe there should be more than one type? Is there such a pill that regulates the menstrual cycle without affecting 'birth control'? Or are they one and the same as a default?

    Also, one should be using contraceptive protection despite any birth control pills... (even if it's a girlfriend)... though SWIM is a little hypocritical for saying that, it's still a good idea...
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