April 27, 2007
According to a report in the New York Times, next month the FDA is scheduled to approve a new birth control for women that would eliminate their monthly period.
"With this, the goal is that you'd take a pill everyday and eventually have no periods at all," said Dr. Jo Ann Pinkerton, a gynecologist at UVa.
In the most recent round of studies, 80% of women who were on Librel reported no bleeding at all after about seven months.
Many critics of the pill say your period is a sign of good health and are worried by the idea of being able to turn your body on and off.
Doctors we spoke to say the pill simply stops ovulation, and if you aren't ovulating, there is no medical reason to "bleed."
Paige Poe of Charlottesville said, "I feel like its kind of unnatural to completely eliminate your menstrual cycle, but if its better for some people; some people of have lot of problems with endometriosis, so it might actually help them out."
Doctors believe this pill would be a good choice for young active women who don't mind not getting a period, including athletes and dancers.
They also say it will be beneficial to women who suffer from extreme conditions cause by their period.
Women who probably shouldn't take it are those who can forget take a pill a everyday, smokers and women who desire immediate pregnancy.
One downside is that this pill hasn't been studied long term, and doctors also can't confirm how hard it would be to get pregnant once off the pill.
But the studies did show that once women stopped taking the pill, most had their period come back in just about three months.
The pill's manufacturer is Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.