How would you like to get rid of your period for good just by taking a birth control pill?
The FDA approved the drug Lybrel in Washington Tuesday.
Lybrel eliminates periods and some PMS symptoms by giving women a low dose of hormones every day, however, not in 21-day cycles like traditional birth control pills.
Some worry that suppressing menstrual cycles for months, or even years, is unnatural.
Dr. Robert Barbieri, an OB-GYN of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, thinks the pill is safe.
"The lining of the uterus, where the blood comes from, goes into hibernation when you take Lybrel every day. So there's nothing in the lining of the uterus to slough off and have the menstrual bleeding. It's empty basically," said Barbieri
He added, ". . .it just scares me that something out there could eliminate a woman's period. I thought that was part of nature and just what happens."
In a trial of 187 patients all but two got their regular periods back within three months of stopping the drug.
Lybrel was approved late Tuesday afternoon by the FDA.
It is expected to be available by July. There is no confirmation to its expected cost.