Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Lybrel Approved

The FDA approves Lybrel, the first Pill brand packaged for continuous use, and the MSM misinforms you like there's no tomorrow.

A representative headline/opening paragraph sampling:

AP FDA approves period suppression pill

WASHINGTON - The first birth-control pill meant to put a stop to women's monthly periods indefinitely won federal approval Tuesday. Called Lybrel, it's the first such pill to receive Food and Drug Administration approval for continuous use. When taken daily, the pill can halt women's menstrual periods indefinitely and prevent pregnancies.

Reuters Wyeth contraceptive that stops periods win U.S. OK

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A birth-control pill that may eliminate a woman's monthly menstrual period won U.S. approval on Tuesday, health officials said.

Lybrel, made by drugmaker Wyeth, is meant to be taken every day to indefinitely stop monthly menstrual bleeding and prevent pregnancy. It contains two hormones widely used in other oral contraceptives.

Chicago Tribune/The Washington Post, FDA OKs pill to halt periods

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first birth control pill that completely eliminates a woman's monthly period.

Taken daily, the pill, called Lybrel, continuously administers slightly lower doses of the same hormones in many standard birth control pills to constantly suppress menstruation.

Bloomberg, Wyeth Wins U.S. Approval of No-Period Birth Control

May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Wyeth won U.S. approval for its contraceptive Lybrel, the first birth control pill designed to completely eliminate monthly periods.

BusinessWeek, Ahead of the Bell: Wyeth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce approval on Tuesday for Wyeth's birth control pill Lybrel, the first pill allowing women to avoid their monthly menstrual period indefinitely.

Imagine the women's surprise when they find out (hopefully) that, since the 1960s, every single Pill brand allows them to avoid their monthly menstrual period indefinitely.

And the uncontested prize winer is.....

ABC News Gender Bender: Redefining the Curse of Menstruation. Women Rexamine Their Identities as They Embrace the New Pill:

The curse. Aunt Flo. Riding the Crimson Wave. And, in British-bashing Australia, the red coats are coming! Women across the centuries have had names for their monthly "friend" — some laced with humor and many whispered in tones of taboo.

Just this week, the Federal Drug Administration approved the birth control pill Lybrel, for the first time giving women the option not to have a period. Period.

Misinform & Condescend, the new standard in women's health reporting. Not only are women given incorrect information about Lybrel and its effect on the menstrual period, their very identity is defined by the state of the lining of one of their internal organs. Brilliant!

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At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite parts of the ABC article:

""Womanhood is the appreciation of the ability to give life and to nurture," she said. "Women are the primary caretakers because society has made it OK for us. That's sociological, not biological.""

""Men blame a woman's aggression and power to her period," said Holmgren. "Haven't you ever heard the expression, 'never trust anything that bleeds for seven days and doesn't die?' Maybe men would respect women more if they didn't have periods.""

At 2:22 AM, Blogger ema said...


It's scandalous that this is the accepted level of discourse when it comes to women.

At 5:01 AM, Blogger SISMO said...

okay, so I have a technical question...if you take the pill continuously, what happens to the egg? Obviously the lining is this, thus no period-but, what about the egg?

Thanks and great site!

No cramping in Santa Monica,

At 5:31 AM, Blogger ema said...


If you take the pill continuously, or on the regular 21/7 regimen for that matter, the same thing happens to the egg--nothing...because there's no egg.

Basically, the Pill, regardless of regimen, inhibits ovulation. No ovulation = no egg released from the ovary.

At 1:32 AM, Blogger Bora Zivkovic said...

Sorry for OT, but June 4th is Blog For Sex Education Day.....I thought you'd like that.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Cristina said...

Thanks Ema. I'm glad that someone else realizes how ludacris this whole "ethical" issue is. I'm taking a health communications class this summer, and I hope I figure out how to put some real information among the misinformation out there.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lybrel birth control stops ovulation i.e release of an egg from ovary and even the fertilization of an egg ie sperm can not be united with egg at all, hence there will be no pregnancy. Only difference is that it supplies levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol slowly through daily consumption of drug without breaks which slowly stops menstrual cycle to occur. The most recent study of 187 women taking Lybrel showed that 99% of them started menstruation within three months after discontinuing use of Lybrel. You may visit at to know more about how this FDA approved birth control pills work.

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a great option who wants that yltime of the month anyways

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Childfree Biology said...

Amen! Its about time. There is no reason to have a monthly period, especially if like me you never plan on having kids.

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Contraceptive Girl said...

Yeah, one can just imagine how these things would be reported if men had periods as well, or do they? :)


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