Women want continuous OC regimens

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by Jared Reed
June 25, 2010

Most young Australian women would take an extended oral contraceptive pill that would allow them to reduce the frequency and duration of menstruation, a new study suggests.

In the US, extended oral contraceptive pill use is established practice, with 91-day cycles leading to less improved endometrial microstructure and significantly reduced menstrual bleeding. In Australia, the only extended regimens available are designed to treat menstrual disorders.

In a survey of 850 university students aged 25 or under, 70% said they would be interested in taking an extended contraceptive pill.

Among Pill users, 65% said they had already delayed menstruation at some point in their lives by skipping the inactive sugar pills and going straight onto the next packet of active pills.

“Importantly, one of the major implications of reduced menstruation is that it may contribute to reducing iron loss in at-risk women,” write the authors from Griffith University, Queensland, in Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (online 22 June 2010).

“Our data may suggest that medical practitioners in Australia may wish to re-evaluate the extended regimen use in young women, so that it may at least occur in a medically supervised manner,” they conclude.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.