The menstrual cycle that a woman experiences every month, plagues and aggravates many from all walks of life. The mere mention of the menstrual cycle anywhere in any circle gets attention. Whether it’s a man or a woman, nearly everyone has a something to say. For men, it’s an irritating moment when women are not that easy to get along with as well as a moment when her body needs a break. For woman, it is a time of trials and tribulations; pains; embarrassments and isolation, to mention a few. Therefore, when I heard a commercial about a drug that could stop or postpone the menstrual cycle, it got my attention. For lots of women this is welcoming news. Maybe even for some men. However, as a husband, father of four girls, dear God- daughters, as well as a granddaughter I have some concerns.
In the past few years publish reports were scattered, that some health experts agree that they couldn’t find anything wrong with “stopping the cycle”. This was good news to the drug companies. They have flooded the airwaves with all kinds of promises. Their television and radio ads have been making claims and building their new discovery as a sort of miracle drug, a chance to stop a woman’s menstrual cycle altogether.But ladies, before you get excited and call your doctor to pressure them for the miracle cure, here is another advertisement, “buyer beware”.
First, according to (www.womenshealth.gov), when a woman has a menstrual cycle her estrogen levels rises which help support the health of the womb, which is necessary for pregnancy. Secondly, and equally important is the claim that the estrogen helps build strong bones as a woman gets older. In spite of this, the latest information about the new drugs does not combat these potential problems, nor dispute the claims. Also, according to the website, (www.drugs.com),the latest anti menstrual contraceptive, Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol or as it is known by its many brand names such as, Jolessa or Seasonale, has some serious side effects, such as: Dizziness that affects driving; Negative effects to eyes while wearing contact lenses; Acne tender breasts or enlargement; changes in appetite and weight; headaches; loss of scalp hair; nausea; nervousness; stomach cramps or bloating; vaginal spotting or breakthrough bleeding; vomiting.
But aren’t these many of the same symptoms that women are seeking to escape from?. Have the drug companies created a drug that mimics the ailment that they are supposed to relieve? Finally, should we expect that progress can’t be made to lessen the effects of the monthly burden on women?. However, you answer either question. Perhaps more studies and trials are needed. Clearly, there are a few more questions that need to be answered before the public should be comfortable with this drug in the hands of the women we love.
Attention! drug companies, women are pursuing relief and not more of the same.
References:Information for this article was derived from:
National Women’s Health Information Center, Menstruation and Menstrual Cycle Frequently Asked Questions, www.womenshealth.gov
Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., drugs A to Z, www.Drugs.com