ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE CHANGE
ANCHOR LEAD : ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE REGIMENS CONTINUE TO BE MODIFIED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Oral contraceptives are extremely effective in preventing pregnancy when they’re taken properly, but now they may be even more effective with the introduction of a new dosing regimen. Anne Burke, an obstetrician gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, explains.
BURKE: The traditional dosing regimen for oral contraceptives as we’re used to them is that a woman takes a pill containing a hormone for 21 days, and then a placebo pill for 7 days, and what these newer have kind of changing things around a little bit. Now a woman will take a pill with a hormone in it for 24 days, and a placebo pill for only 4 days. This potentially has a couple of advantages. It might actually make the pills slightly more effective because there are fewer days on placebo it’s possible that there is less chance of a pill failure. :29
Other types of pills already on the market eliminate placebo use entirely and allow a woman to forgo having a period at all. Burke welcomes the wealth of options available to women who choose to use oral contraceptives. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.