Top Model marathons on Oxygen, god bless them, typically include at least two commercials an hour for Seasonique. It's based on research saying if you're on birth control, you don't need to have a period every month, so Seasonique means you only have four periods a year. Over the course of a year, it
to what you'd pay for a monthly prescription. Cool, right? I don't know...
I feel like this could be one of those instances where it seems like a good idea at the time and research indicates it's fine, too, but eventually, something would go horribly wrong and we'd hear a recall like "IF YOU TOOK SEASONIQUE YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY BEFORE YOUR UTERUS FALLS OUT" or something. That's based on sheer skepticism/pessimism and thoughts from someone who graduated with a French degree (and consequently knows...not a lot about science).
And, to be honest, now that I'm on Yaz, I don't mind having a period every month.
I found that my periods were much more tolerable - they only lasted a couple days and were lighter - and consistent than they'd been before.
Given my limited knowledge of science and anatomy - but a basic understanding - I feel like what usually comes out during your normal period would have to be built up in some way if it wasn't discarded each month, right? And if not, that'd be messing with makeup of the uterine lining, and I don't think that's something I want to mess with if my future children plan to be renting the space for nine months. I guess I'm just of the school of thought that if it's too good to be true, it probably is...and I thought back to Fen-Phen and the horrible side effects therein.
I'd also want to get a period every month so I knew I wasn't pregnant - even though I'm super careful, I think every girl has the thought in the back of her mind that she really hopes nothing went wrong that month and needs to see some sort of confirmation. Seasonique would be, like, nah, you're covered...still...okay, fourth month, never mind, no period AHHHHHHHHH.
But, again, that's paranoia.
What do you think about the prospect of only having four periods a year? Are you skeptical like I am? Also, if you're on Seasonique now (I know there's at least one of you
), tell us what your experience has been like.