Marry or stay single? Have a family or not? Work out of home or stay at home? Period or no period? Well, it appears that having a world of choices, even “the dot” (as my daughter calls it), is optional.
If you’re using birth control, you know that after three weeks of hormones, you get a week of placebos; skip the placebos, skip a period. Already, the Seasonale birth control pill limits periods to four a year.
Soon to be available? The first continuous-use birth control pill, Lybrel. The good news about Lybrel, which is a new continuous, low-dose (20 mcg ethinyl estradiol/90 mcg levonorgestrel) birth control pill, designed to be taken daily with no hormone-free intervals, showed complete ovulation suppression in a small study, and significant control of premenstrual symptoms in a larger, but not placebo controlled, study.
(You can see results of the study here.)
According to this article suppressing menstruation is very common:
I am just as guilty as the next person of skipping a period here and there, especially when planning a vacation. But having just recently been armed with this information, I have just placed a call to my gynecologist.
So ladies, period or no period?