The Nookie Know-It-All: Low Tide For The Crimson Wave

“I’ve heard about the various birth control pills that you can take to go without your period for a few months and longer. Are they really safe and recommended?” — Banning Aunt Flo, via email

Have you seen that SNL skit (clip after the jump!), where the women are going ape sh*t because they haven’t had their period in months? I have, and I have to say it scared that crap out of me.

However, the inconvenience my regular period has on my sex life makes me think that nothing could be as bad as those seven days each month. Most OBGYNs out there seem to agree that extended-cycle birth control pills are just as safe as traditional birth control pills, and may even DECREASE your risk for uterine and breast cancer. But it’s not like regular birth control pills come without risks, and if you’re on them ALL THE TIME you’re at an increased risk for heart attacks, blood clots, and stroke (especially if you smoke). Also, there’s the argument that it’s just not “natural” to not get your period.

However, for some women with health conditions worsened by getting their periods (such as endometriosis or anemia), these pills are god-sends. There’s also tons of women on pills such as Seasonale and Seasonique (which allow you to get your period only four times a year) who experience no side effects more serious than spotting (which, I have to say, would really annoy me.)

All in all, the benefits of taking extended-cycle pills (less $$ spent on tampons) seem to outweigh the risks. However, since the pills are so new, nobody really knows what the long-term effects might be, so be sure to also ask your doctor.

If you have any of these symptoms, make an appt. with a doctor. Just like any other addiction, it’s something that requires attention and treatment.

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A Note On Playing It Safe: The Frisky thinks safe sex is smart sex – so please practice it in the way that’s right for your relationship.