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New Pill may end PMT for millions of women
09-27-2007, 07:33 PM,
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New Pill may end PMT for millions of women
New Pill may end PMT for millions of women
By Ben Farmer
Last Updated: 7:12am BST 27/09/2007


A contraceptive that stops periods and prevents pre-menstrual tension could be available next year.
The new Pill is designed to be taken every day and could end pain and discomfort for millions of women.
Lybrel is already available in the United States and its manufacturers hope to bring it to Britain next year, it was reported last night.

An estimated 3.5 million British women take the Pill. It is taken in three-week cycles with a fourth week off for them to have their period.
Like most Pills, Lybrel contains a combination of oestrogen and progestogen, but at lower doses, to allow it to be taken without a break.
Studies by its manufacturer, the pharmaceutical company Wyeth, have shown that Lybrel completely stops bleeding in more than 70 per cent of women who take it for seven months.

Women who suffered the effects of PMT, which can include mood swings, bloating and discomfort also found their symptoms reduced.
Wyeth have described Lybrel as "an important evolution for oral contraception".

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Advocates of the Pill claim there is now no need for women to menstruate.

Surveys have found that up to half of women would prefer not to have any periods and most would prefer them less often.
Advocates of the Pill claim there is now no need for women to menstruate and Lybrel is an easy and safe way to eliminate what can be an unpleasant monthly ordeal.
Many doctors say that they already prescribe contraception to prevent periods while some women have achieved similar effects to Lybrel by taking pack after pack of contraceptive pills to prevent them having periods.
However, some doctors have raised concerns that suppressing menstruation could be unsafe and the long-term effects on the body are not yet known.

Paula Derry, a health psychologist in Baltimore, wrote in the British Medical Journal this year that "menstrual suppression itself is unnatural".
Ginger Constantine, of Wyeth, told New Scientist: "For those women seeking contraceptive options and who are interested in putting their period on hold, Lybrel may be an appropriate choice."

Wyeth said Lybrel was just as effective as other oral contraceptives and does not harm the chances of having a child.
However, it said the new product was not suitable for all women, with some experiencing unexpected bleeding.
Thousands of women suffering from breast cancer could be offered keyhole mastectomies, said the surgeon pioneering the technique in Britain.

Mo Keshtgar, who is based at the Royal Free Hospital in London, will perform the operation for the first time in this country at the end of this year and hopes to make it routine.
The keyhole surgery will involve removing breast tissue through a tiny incision at the side of the nipple, to be replaced by a small implant. As a result, patients would keep much of their original breast tissue.

Mr Keshtgar said: " What we will be able to offer here will mean that we can significantly reduce the impact it will have on many women's lives, both in terms of the time they will spend being treated and the overall cosmetic result."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml...27/npill127.xml
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09-27-2007, 08:31 PM,
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New Pill may end PMT for millions of women
Intriguing article ...

... thanks for posting this, drummer !

Keep 'em coming !!
Quote:[...] Advocates of the Pill claim there is now no need for women to menstruate and Lybrel is an easy and safe way to eliminate what can be an unpleasant monthly ordeal [...] However, some doctors have raised concerns that suppressing menstruation could be unsafe and the long-term effects on the body are not yet known.

Paula Derry, a health psychologist in Baltimore, wrote in the British Medical Journal this year that "menstrual suppression itself is unnatural" [...]
In other words ...

... "safe, when used as directed" !!:rolleyes:

Any Forum members wonder about "the long-term effects on the body" ?? :o

The stockholders of the company manufacturing Lybrel must be happy.B)
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09-27-2007, 11:24 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-27-2007, 11:31 PM by ephilution.)
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New Pill may end PMT for millions of women
You're messing around with hormone levels for a prolonged period of time. By continued disrupting the natural homeostasis one is expecting the body to settle on a new and artificial quasi-balance of the hormonal system and I feel that this cannot do anything else but induce stress to the body. I'm no medical doctor but definitely don't feel this is a little more than an innocent "free ride". It's unnatural and because of unknown longterm effects it's begging for problems in the long run IMO. At the very least more research is necessary to study the longterm effects.:umm:
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