New Birth Control Pill Could Stop Menstrual Cycle

Knoxville (WVLT) - A first-of-its kind birth control pill, called Lybrel, could stop a woman's menstrual cycle indefinitely.

The FDA is expected to announce approval for it Tuesday.

Analysts are predicting a tremendous demand, because it has the added effect of suppressing a woman's period altogether and can be taken continuously.

It eliminates a woman's period for as long as she takes it.

Lybrel, which is manufactured by Wyeth, is the first pill that can be taken continuously.

Standard birth control pills contain 21 daily active pills and seven birth control pills, in order to reflect a woman's monthly period.

"I think it's important to remember that when you use a birth control pill, the period that you have is not a real period, it's a hormonal induced period, so there's no reason why we can't use those birth control pills to control when we induce the period,” says Dr. Emily Evitt, Parkwest Women's Specialists

If Lybrel is approved, it will be the fourth approved drug which affects the menstrual cycle.

Surveys indicate an increasing number of women want to control, and have the option of limiting, their monthly periods.


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  • by JUDY Location: Roseville,CA on Mar 24, 2010 at 02:12 AM
    my daughteer needs surgury [major surgury] do you know of anyone that had serious surgury i need updates of meds to controll bleeding
  • by kenna Location: texas on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    if this actually works, they need to try to figure out how to make it like those birth control implants, so that you don't have to remember to take a pill every day.
  • by Teka Location: Atlanta, Ga on Jun 16, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    What took so long?!!!!! Can't wait!!!!
  • by Pamela Location: Chicago on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    I think this is a excellent idea it's something I plan to bring to my doctor attention I have Von williebrand disease and it causes me to have heavy and prolong periods. I am currently taking seasonale birth control now and it has not work I have also been given my first Depo shot this is surpose to stop my bleeding altogether but this also takes time. I am hopeful maybe this new pill will work when you have a period on and off for 97 days trust me you are sick and ready for anything new that could help you.

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