The Latest Low Dose Birth Control – Your Questions Answered About Continuous Contraceptive Pills

I’ve recently told you about how LoSeasonique works on my website, LoSeasonique is the latest low dose birth control pill expected on the market in early 2009, that gives you only 4 ‘periods’ per year but it won’t hurt to explain a bit more about the whole ‘not having a period’ issue of which some of you, understandably, may still be very wary. Hopefully this article will answer some of the more common questions.

OK. What do women REALLY want (in addition to no baby just yet thanks)?

  • no PMS
  • no acne
  • no bloating
  • no weight gain
  • no tender boobs
  • no mood swings
  • no loss of sex drive …………and 2/3 of women would happily give away ‘the curse’ altogether.

In their attempt to reduce side effects and maintain a high rate of effectiveness, researchers developed several new types of low dose (anything less than 50 micrograms of estrogen) birth control pills. Seasonale, Seasonique, Yaz, Yasmin and Lybrel not only changed the face of oral contraceptives but some offered women the option of reducing or completely stopping the number of periods they had.

Side effects were reduced – by using a different type of synthetic progestin in low dose birth control pills such as Yaz and Yasmin, a diuretic effect was achieved that stopped bloating, fluid retention and weight gain. The new low dose birth control pills also give you more leeway hours with WHEN you take your pill compared with those of the past so if you forget a morning pill you can take it at lunchtime and still prevent ovulation.But what about stopping periods altogether? But what about stopping periods altogether?

Is it unnatural to stop my periods?

Well, strictly speaking, if you use oral contraceptive pills, you do not have a true period but a withdrawal bleed (when you ‘withdraw’ from taking the pills containing estrogen). During ‘natural’ menstruation, the uterus lining is shed (your period) because no egg has been fertilised so the lining is redundant .

Christopher Estes, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Patti J. Ross, MD, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston tell us that there is no impact on our health if we suppress or stop our periods. Having a period every few months does reassure a woman that she is not pregnant so extra vigilance (and more pregnancy test kits) is needed. There is no increased risk to the uterus or uterine lining either. However, until your body adjusts to the new low dose birth control pills such as Lo Seasinique, it is possible that irregular bleeding will occur for a few months so for some women this could be worse than a predictable bleed every month.

Is it safe to use continuous low dose birth control pills for the long term?

Whether you are taking a continuous birth control pill or a standard low dose birth control pill, the risk of blood clots is the same. This risk increases significantly if you smoke and are over 35. If you take oral contraceptives for more than 5 years you may double your chance of developing cervical cancer but this drops quickly once you stop.

Is there a risk of breast cancer with these new continuous low dose birth control pills?

“The best data we have about birth control pills and breast cancer is that there is no link,” Estes says. “We have to extrapolate what we know about conventional birth control pills. But we have no reason to believe your risk of breast cancer will increase over your lifetime because of continuous-use birth control pills.” NOTE: The hormones used in HRT (linked to a slight increase in breast cancer risk) are different to those used in low dose birth control pills.

Benefits of continuous low dose birth control pills.

There is evidence of protection against:

  • cancers of the ovary and uterus
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • iron-deficiency anaemia
  • combination pill can reduce acne, the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, non cancerous breast cysts and ovarian cysts

You owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can about these new pills before deciding whether they will suit you so your best friend will be your doctor. You will find more information on the benefits of low dose birth control pills on my website.

Source by Carole Pemberton

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