Pill meant to end periods poised for approval
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Women -- lessee... first, let's paralyze them with vaccines and call them hysterical when they can't move, and then let's turn 'em into boys! From CNN:
 
 


Pill meant to end periods poised for approval
POSTED: 1:06 p.m. EDT, May 21, 2007


 
TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- Women looking for a simple way to avoid their menstrual period could soon have access the first birth control pill designed to let women suppress monthly bleeding indefinitely.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expect to announce approval Tuesday for Lybrel, a drug from Wyeth which would be the first pill to be taken continuously.
Lybrel, a name meant to evoke "liberty," would be the fourth new oral contraceptive that doesn't follow the standard schedule of 21 daily active pills, followed by seven sugar pills -- a design meant to mimic a woman's monthly cycle. Among the others, Yaz and Loestrin 24 shorten monthly periods to three days or less and Seasonique, an updated version of Seasonale, reduces them to four times a year. (Watch CNN's Elizabeth Cohen answer questions about Lybrel. [Image: icon_video.gif] )
Gynecologists say they've been seeing a slow but steady increase in women asking how to limit and even stop monthly bleeding. Surveys have found up to half of women would prefer not to have any periods, most would prefer them less often and a majority of doctors have prescribed contraception to prevent periods.
"I think it's the beginning of it being very common," said Dr. Leslie Miller, a University of Washington-Seattle obstetrician-gynecologist who runs a Web site focused on suppressing periods. "Lybrel says, 'You don't need a period."'
While that can be done easily -- sometimes more cheaply -- by skipping the sugar pills or replacing birth-control patches or vaginal rings sooner, doctors say the trend is fueled mainly by advertising for the new options. They expect plenty for Lybrel's July launch, although Madison, New Jersey-based Wyeth says it will market to doctors first.
Analysts have estimated Lybrel sales could reach $40 million this year and $235 million by 2010. U.S. sales of Seasonique, launched last August, hit $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2007. Predecessor Seasonale, which got cheaper generic competition in September, peaked at about $100 million. Yaz, launched last August, had first-quarter sales of $35.6 million; Loestrin 24, launched in April 2006, hit $34.4 million in the first quarter.
Do you need your period?Still, some women raise concerns about whether blocking periods is safe or natural. 
 

Quote:Duh!
 
Baltimore health psychologist Paula S. Derry wrote in an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal two weeks ago that "menstrual suppression itself is unnatural," and that there's not enough data to determine whether it is safe long-term.

Sheldon J. Segal, a scientist at the nonprofit research group Population Council, wrote back that a British study found no harm in taking pills with much higher hormone levels than today's products for up to 10 years.
"Nothing has come up to indicate any unexpected side effects," said Segal, co-author of the book "Is Menstruation Obsolete?"
Most doctors say there's no medical reason women need monthly bleeding and that it triggers health problems from anemia to epilepsy in many women. They note women have been tinkering with nature since the advent of birth control pills and now endure as many as 450 periods, compared with 50 or so in the days when women spent most of their fertile years pregnant or breast-feeding.
Dr. Mindy Wiser-Estin, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Little Silver, New Jersey, has long advocated menstrual suppression.
She has seen a big increase in the last year in patients asking about it, but has one concern that leads her to encourage younger women to take a break every 12 weeks. About 1 percent of oral contraceptive users become pregnant each year, and young women taking continuous pills who have never been pregnant may not recognize the symptoms, she said.
"They may not know it in time to do something about it," Wiser-Estin said.
 
Quote:Like commit murder?
 
Barr Pharmaceuticals of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, whose subsidiary Duramed already is developing a lower-estrogen version of Seasonique, said its research with consumers and health care providers indicates they feel four periods a year is optimal, said spokeswoman Amy Niemann.
Wyeth obviously thinks otherwise.
"It allows women to put their menstrual cycle on hold" and reduces 17 related symptoms, from irritability to bloating, based on one small study, said Dr. Amy Marren, director of clinical affairs for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
Marren said Lybrel contains the lowest dose of two hormones widely used in birth-control pills, ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel.
That might cause too much breakthrough bleeding, already a problem with some newer pills with low hormone doses, said Dr. Lee Shulman, a Chicago, Illinois, obstetrician-gynecologist who chairs the board of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.
In testing of Lybrel, 59 percent of women ended up with no bleeding after six months, but 18 percent of women dropped out of studies because of spotting and breakthrough bleeding, according to Wyeth.
"You're now basically trading scheduled bleeding for unscheduled bleeding, and I don't know whether American women will buy into that," Shulman said.
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I don't know any women who wouldn't be happy to forego visits from their "monthly visitor". :lol: That being said...I don't think it's at all healthy to suppress them with chemicals. I always looked at periods, however distasteful and crappy, as something cleansing and natural. And I don't think the "too many periods in one lifetime" argument holds any water. If having a period every month was unhealthy, then single women and nuns throughout history should have been dropping like flies.
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I just can't get over the fact that this abomination is called "Lybrel." You'd think that they wouldn't be so obvious! ;)
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I think the only difference between this and other birth control pills is that it's more obvious that it's mucking with your hormones.

Women on the pill don't have regular menses, they have menses induced by chemical hormone manipulation.   The only reason that birth control pills of the past included the monthly visitor was because they were designed that way to make women feel "normal".  Now that a mentality that rejects womanhood and motherhood is so widespread, women are totally comfortable not having periods.  After all, it's just another step closer to being androgenous.
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Due to being pregnant and nursing my babies I have had only 7 'visits in' 8 years. Not that it happens for everyone or that everyone out there should have a bunch of babies to suppress their periods, but I do enjoy the little break from dealing with it all the time. When it does come, as much of a pain as it is, I see it as a reminder of what God designed a woman's body to do...and I can use the penance [Image: wink.gif]

I am frightened to think of what health problems women will be dealing with in a few years when this has become widespread. Or worse...what problems future babies of these women might go through.

I wonder what the 'feminine protection' producers think of this? They are going to lose some business if women stop having periods. And I bet they thought they were selling a product that would always be in demand!

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Mommie2Boys Wrote:I don't know any women who wouldn't be happy to forego visits from their "monthly visitor". :lol: That being said...I don't think it's at all healthy to suppress them with chemicals. I always looked at periods, however distasteful and crappy, as something cleansing and natural. And I don't think the "too many periods in one lifetime" argument holds any water. If having a period every month was unhealthy, then single women and nuns throughout historyÊshould have been dropping like flies.

Not to nitpick but nuns do have a higher incidence of breast cancer than the general female population.
Being pregnant and breastfeeding naturally suppresses estrogen. Estrogen is what 'feeds' the majority of breast cancers. Hence, no babies, no nursing, no estrogen suppression, higher rate of breast cancer.
NOT advocating taking the pill for any reason just had to make a little clarification. Couldn't stop myself :-)
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The drug companies simply cannot be telling the public everything.  I was married as a Baptist and of course, the good Baptist thing to do was go on birth control.  It was "responsible."  I couldn't take the pill because it triggered my migraines to an intolerable degree, so they put me on the birth control "shot."  I believe, but don't quote me, that it was straight progresterone.  I only had to take it every three months, and I only took it for a year and a half.  I had no monthly period whatsoever.  I went off of it because of the weight gain and continued headaches, as well as generally not feeling well - so there will be a side effect from the drug in your system.

More importantly, I couldn't get my period back!  It took me another year and a round of Clomid to get started again.  I don't know if it would have ever returned of it's own.  At the time I got pregnant the doctor had said I had uterine tumors, or growths (not sure now he knew what he was talking about) that were a direct result of the progesterone shot, and he never allowed his patients to take it.  Whatever was wrong with me the pregnancy took care of (which doesn't make a lick of sense now, but I wasn't that wise then and didn't ask too many questions.) 

These women are playing with fire.  A woman's body needs a "balance" of estrogen and progresterone and other hormones (I know this now because of suffering with hypothryoidism and hyperpituitarism) or things go awry - from feeling bad, to tiredness, to cancer.  And after years of not having a period, these women may well train their bodies into never having a period and there will be no way for them to have children. 

But I'll bet, in their haste to make their lives easier and trouble free, they'll flock to the drug and never ask too many questions. 

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


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Edging ever closer to Brave New World
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