NYT: New Birth Control Pill Approved

23 May

Agency Approves a Birth Control Pill Halting Periods Indefinitely

Published: May 23, 2007

The first birth-control pill meant to put a stop to a woman’s monthly period indefinitely has won federal approval, the manufacturer said on Tuesday.

When taken daily, the pill, called Lybrel and made by Wyeth, can halt women’s menstrual periods indefinitely and prevent pregnancies.

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2 Responses to “NYT: New Birth Control Pill Approved”

  1. Selena S-D May 24, 2007 at 1:15 am #

    I think this is an interesting idea, but I definitely agree with the last point about how menstruation is a part of life, not a medical condition.

    Additionally, women who are sexually active often find comfort in their periods as a confirmation that they have not gotten pregnant. This might be problematic in that unwanted pregnancies are not caught within the first few weeks of gestation.

    Just my 2 cents…

  2. Sara November 15, 2007 at 7:15 am #

    Just a quick thought: my gynecologist at the Stanford Clinic (a very smart woman) told me that historically birth control was created by men to control women’s bodies. She said there is no medical evidence or scientific reason to have a regular period — regulated by birth control, that is.

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