Post # 1
Hey All – this may be too much information but Dr. Google isn’t helping much with this. I switched from a combination pill (that I had been on for years) to a progestin only pill – Nora BE which is the generic form of micronor. My GYN switched me due to some other outside health problems, but ever since I switched to this pill I haven’t had my period once. Not even spotting. I just got married and am sexually active, I find it very disconcerting to not get my period because I CONSTANTLY think I’m pregnant. The doctor said this can happen, but I’ve also heard it’s not healthy to go more than 4 or 5 months without any period.
Has this happened to anyone else? I’ve taken a few pregnancy tests, which have been negative … but we really aren’t looking to get pregnant right now. Does anyone know if it’s safe to go long periods of time without any period at all?
Post # 3
I just switched to a progesterone only pill and haven’t had a period since starting it almost 2 months ago. I have been having some period cramps, but very mild and nothing else.
I did research on my pill, Cerazette, and it is possible that it completely eliminates the period.
Also, when you are on any pill you do not get a period, but rather “withdrawal bleeding” during the sugar pill week and withdrawal bleeding is not medically necessary. There is no physiological requirement for a monthly period.
The only real purpose of withdrawal bleeding is to comfort the woman that they are not pregnant.
Some recent studies on the medical necesity of periods/bleeding:
Henzl & Polan (2004): found that eliminating withdrawal bleeding through extended or continuous use of oral contraceptives may actually have health or lifestyle-related benefits.
Anderson et al. (2006): the primary objective of this study was to demonstrate the safety of Seasonale for up to an additional two years. The researchers found that the negative side effects reported in this study are typical of all birth control pills (with the exception that break through bleeding is more common with extended cycle pills). This study also confirmed the long-term safety of Seasonale, a 91-day extended cycle pill.
Post # 4
Progesterone only methods are classic for eliminating so to speak your withdraw bleeds. It happens a lot with the depo shot an implanon which are both purely progesterone based.
Post # 4
There is no “sugar pill” on Nora Be and it is normal to not have a period or a very light one after being ion it for a while. Similar to any progesterone only bc (iud. Etc…)
Post # 5
Totally normal not to have a period with progesterone-only contraception.