New pill would eliminate menstruation

April 20, 2007

A new birth control pill that stops menstruation completely is expected to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration next month.

Lybrel eliminates monthly mensuration, unlike other birth control pills that mimic the body's natural 28-day menstrual cycle or pills that allow four menstrual periods a year, The New York Times said Friday.

The drug's maker, Wyeth, said nearly two-thirds of women it surveyed expressed an interest in giving up their periods. Wyeth said it expects FDA approval in May.

The newspaper said studies have found no extra health risks associated with pills that stop menstruation. Some doctors, however, say there has not been enough research conducted on long-term effects.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

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tswogger
not rated yet Nov 01, 2007
Research has shown that stablizing hormones with birth control decreases the risk of developing uterine cancer later on in life. I would be interested to see if this new pill has similar or even better protective properties in women.

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