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New pill stops menstruation

5th January 2007

15092006_young_couple1.jpgThe UK Family Planning Association (FPA) has welcomed a new pill designed to stop women menstruating.

A spokesperson for the FPA said the new pill gave women more choice, adding, "Some [women] do not like the inconvenience of periods."

The new pill, called Lybrel, has been trialled by 2,000 women and was found to stop the periods in half of those who took the drug.  It is the first contraceptive pill designed to completely stop the fertility cycle; current oral contraceptives are taken for 21 days per month allowing a 7-day gap in which a women has her period.  The researchers who led the trial claim to have proven that the new pill is both safe and effective despite reports of irregular bleeding in some of the women.

Although many people believe the female biological rhythm is an essential part of womanhood, some gynaecologists argue that there is no reason why women should continue to suffer the pain, discomfort and emotional disturbance associated with menstruation.  They say that eliminating a woman’s periods is no different than treating the menopause with hormone replacement therapy or impotence with Viagra.

The unlicensed drug is expected to be launched next year.

 

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