I'm curious about taking birth control in order to have fewer periods.
1. What drugs are used for this purpose? All I found from searching online was a drug called Seasonale.
3. How likely are the serious side effects of birth control - blood clots, heart attack, stroke?
2. Some say the benefit of menstruation is that it helps cleanse the reproductive tract by flushing out the uterine lining on a regular basis. Do women on birth control have a higher risk for vaginal or related infections?
If you start using Seasonale you will probably experience 3-4 menstrual periods per year but they will be unpredictable and be accompanied by larger bleeding. Thatâs why some doctors donât recommend this particular type of contraceptive.
Serious side effects (blood clots, heart attack, and stroke) are very rare and are generally across the board for all types of hormonal contraception. The risk for such side effects, however, is increased for women who smoke.
Women on birth control pills do not have a higher risk for infections except for yeast infections. It is true that regular menstruation has a protective role against genital infections, regardless of whether or not she takes oral contraceptive birth control pills.
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