On Tuesday the FDA approved a birth control pill that will suppress monthly bleeding indefinitely. I don’t understand why this is a medical breakthrough. What is wrong with having one’s period? I can’t imagine why women would want to take a pill like Lybrel. Someone please explain this to me.
I said to Tobyjoe last night, “If this pill takes off, I bet the number of miscarriages goes up over the next 10 years.” (Some people believe that miscarriages are linked to long-term pill use.) My statement may be based on little to no fact, but something makes me think that this pill will bring with it unforeseen side effects.
Wyeth’s press release (From May 8, 2006.) The drug was approved yesterday.
Edited to add: Here’s a pretty good article about Lybrel.