Continuous Birth Control Enables Women to Plan Their Period Around Their Lifestyles, Says DoctorSolve

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New research indicates that it is safe and effective to use birth control without stopping for a period.

Would it surprise you to learn that for many years, women have been deliberately skipping their period? Female athletes and women planning important events such as their wedding or a vacation have simply deferred their period through continuous birth control therapy. That is, they continue to take the pill until they reach a convenient time to have a period.

Once an unconventional practise for a small group of women, continuous birth control therapy is now an oft-discussed topic as new research surfaces regarding its safety and effectiveness. “Oral contraceptives have always been intended to manipulate the menstrual cycle,” says Dr. Paul Zickler of DoctorSolve (http://www.doctorsolve.com) online pharmacy services. “The ‘placebo’ week became part of the schedule for a number of reasons, none of which are biological. Taking a week off to have a period made women feel more comfortable and natural. There were also cultural and perhaps even religious reasons why this made sense, but there is no scientific evidence that indicates a woman ‘needs’ to have a period.”

In addition to the convenience of having no periods and preventing pregnancy, continuous birth control therapy can help with severe PMS, cramping or menstrual pain, endometriosis, and menstrual-related headaches. When the woman is ready to conceive, fertility may return immediately or after a few months.

There are two new additions to the contraception family that make continuous birth control therapy possible for women today: Yasmin and the NuvaRing®.

Yasmin, a low-dose combined pill, is the only birth control pill to contain the synthetic progestin known as drospirenone. As a result of this particular progestin, common benefits of Yasmin include less water retention, less premenstrual weight gain, fewer PMS and menstrual symptoms and the prevention of acne. Similar to other birth control pills, possible side effects of Yasmin include headaches, menstrual changes, breast tenderness, abdominal cramps and bloating, nausea and vaginal discharge.

The NuvaRing is a low-dose, flexible hormonal ring that is inserted into a woman’s vagina where it slowly releases estrogen and progestin for three weeks. A “one-size-fits-all” device, the NuvaRing is easily inserted by the woman, and simply removed after three weeks. At this time, the woman may wait a week to give her body a chance to have a period, or insert a new ring for continuous birth control. Benefits and side effects of the NuvaRing are similar to those of Yasmin.

“Continuous birth control is a matter of personal preference,” says Zickler. “However, every form of birth control therapy comes with benefits and side effects. Women need to be sure they get the facts from their doctors, so they can decide for themselves whether continuous birth control therapy is right for them.”

DoctorSolve, a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC Q37), offers lower cost, long-term prescriptions. A professionally registered pharmacist fills all prescriptions. A certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, DoctorSolve is ranked as one of the best online pharmacies by PharmacyChecker.com. DoctorSolve has filled more than 200,000 U.S. prescriptions.

For more information, call 1-866-732-0305 or visit http://www.doctorsolve.com.

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