Long vs Short Cycle Birth Control Pills

Longer cycle pills are very popular now. We have proven that it's a bit less likely to have escape ovulations, it is much less likely to have hormone symptoms on the days when no birth control pills are taken, but there is the annoying issue of irregular spotting and bleeding when a woman doesn't expect that bleeding. The makers of longer cycle pills have put together their statistics and added them to the package insert of pills. FDA approved birth control pills designed in a "84/7 regimen", meaning that women will have fewere and shorter, and lighter periods than women who take the old pills for 21 days and give their body a hormone break for 7 days during which every 28 day periods were triggered. These pills are both safe, effective and convient for women, but the FDA has just issued some clarifications to the package inserts for women regarding the amount of bleeding that women may expect. There are now specific numbers given to women regading each 91 day treatment cycles. When you first begin the pills called Seasonique an average patient can expect to bleed about 1.7 days in the first cycle. By the 4th month, or the 4th 28 day interval to be precise, a woman might expect to bleed for less than a day. During the 84 day cycle this translates into an average of almost 7 days with some unscheduled bleeding out of the 84 days, and by the next package only about 3 days of unscheduled bleeding. Most women will actually bleed a bit less, and some women will not bleed at all. They also include a separate category of unscheduled spotting, and the actual days of unscheduled spotting is about the same as the number of days of unscheduled bleeding. They list as their effectiveness, in spite of this spotting and bleeding to be 1.3 women per hunder who get pregnant per year. This is for perfect use. Safety wise the makers of Seasonique remined women that oral contraceptives do not protect against HIV (AIDS) infection or other STDs, and that cigarette smoking raises your risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack.


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