There are many birth control pills on the market which are meant to reduce the number of periods that a woman will get a year, such as Seasonique, Seasonale and Lybrel. Is it safe to not have a period on the birth control pill though? Here are some of the things that you should know about reducing the number of periods that you get a year by taking the pill.
Is it Safe to Not Have a Period?
Many women think that not having a menstrual period is not safe because it is not natural. They feel that since menstruating is a part of human nature, it must be essential for our bodies. If this is the way you feel, it may be ideal for you to think about going off the birth control pill entirely.
Women who are on the birth control pill do not experience a “real” menstrual period. According to womentowomen.com, periods on the pill are actually a “hormone withdrawal bleed,” which is the body’s response to the absence of the hormones in the birth control pill during the week of placebo pills. Since these menstrual periods are not authentic and the woman is not ovulating, research has shown that it is absolutely safe to have less than twelve menstrual periods a year.
Do Less Periods Come with More Side Effects?
There is no evidence which shows that birth control pills which reduce your number of monthly periods cause any side effects which are more serious than those associated with traditional birth control pills. These pills do still carry the risk of blood clots and stroke, particularly among women who are over the age of 35 and/or smoke. It is recommended for women to go on a regular birth control pill prior to trying out Seasonique, Seasonale or Lybrel.
One of the side effects associated with the extended cycle birth control pill which is not serious, but annoying, is spotting. Many women experience spotting, or breakthrough bleeding, in between periods. While some women may only experience light bleeding, others may find that their spotting resembles a regular menstrual period. This side effect is generally mild and tends to go away after you have been on the pill for several months.
Overall, the most important to keep in mind is that it is absolutely safe to be on a birth control pill which allows you to reduce the number of monthly periods that you experience. The risks of these birth control pills are the same as being on any birth control pill.
WomenToWomen.com, “Is Seasonale Safe?”