Lybrel, a name meant to conjure up the images of liberty, is the latest approved oral contraceptive to depart from the 21-days-on, seven-days-off routine (a design meant to mimic a woman's monthly cycle) that had been standard since birth-control pill sales began in the 1960s. The pill, manufactured by Wyeth, is the first birth-control pill meant to indefinitely put a stop to women's monthly periods in addition to being a highly effective contraceptive method in preventing unintended pregnancies.
Lybrel is the first and only low dose combination contraceptive pill which offers complete protection from pregnancy without any break and is taken, nonstop, for 365 days a year. The approval of Lybrel concludes a comprehensive review process that included expert advice from a meeting of an FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs advisory committee and an opportunity for public comment on issues regarding hormonal contraception. Wyeth has announced that sales of Lybrel should begin in the U.S. in July 2007.
Needless to say, a contraceptive like this is not without controversy. Many contend that a period is the epitome of fertility and femininity, and that stopping menstruation is just, well, unnatural. What are your thoughts? Please place your vote on the following 2 polls and then follow it up with a comment by clicking the comment link below.
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Lybrel Poll: Is the FDA Approval of Lybrel Taking Things Too Far?
- No - I think its great that women have the option to completely halt their menstrual cycles
- Yes - there is something inherently wrong about not having a monthly period
- I’m not sure
For Women Are Able To Use Oral Contraceptives: Would You Be Willing to Try Lybrel?
- Definitely! The thought of never having to have a period seems like a dream!
- Absolutely Not – this just seems a little too unnatural and “unwomanly” to me.
- I’m kind of on the fence on this one