If you enjoy the reassurance of that “monthly guest” as a reminder that you’re not pregnant, but her visits are a bit too frequent for your taste, LoSeasonique is for you! It’s a combination-style birth control pill that uses a blend of two hormones, progestin and estrogen, so your body thinks it’s already pregnant (this helps prevent actual pregnancy). LoSeasonique is crafted so your period will go from a monthly event to a seasonal one. That’s right — only four periods per year! It’s best for women over 35 who don’t smoke and experience periods that are heavier and more painful than normal — so they want to skip most of them completely.
Nurx™ does not currently offer this pill. Check out our list of generic alternatives below.
Is It OK to Take LoSeasonique With Other Medications?
If your other meds are also hormone-based, you should definitely ask your doctor or Nurx professional. Anything you take, even nonprescription drugs or herbal supplements, should be discussed before you start on LoSeasonique. Some drugs may cause a negative reaction when combined with LoSeasonique. These include cancer medications (such as aromatase inhibitors), muscle relaxers, and combination drugs for fighting chronic hepatitis C. Others may cause LoSeasonique to become less effective, such as HIV drugs, St. John's wort, and anti-seizure meds.
Is LoSeasonique Easy to Get?
This popular option is offered at most pharmacies across the country. Some women, however, prefer the convenience of birth control that's mailed directly to them. This is where we come in. We offer the privacy and security of internet shopping, combined with the expertise of actual doctors. We also accept many forms of insurance, and our list is growing all the time. If you don't have the coverage you need for LoSeasonique, you can opt for a generic brand such as Amethia Lo, Camrese Lo, or Asumate.
How Does LoSeasonique Work?
It's a pill that you take daily, always at the same time of day. LoSeasonique is an extended cycle formula, which means you'll get three months worth of pills per pack. The pills you take when your period usually arrives have a very low dose of estrogen compared to the placebo pills found in normal birth control pills. This causes your period to go away completely until the three months are up.
If I Don't Get My Period, How Will I Know if I Get Pregnant?
No birth control is perfect, and many women like the reassurance of a monthly period, so they know they're not pregnant. With LoSeasonique, there's no period, so you'll have to watch for other early signs of pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a lot of them! There's little chance that you'll get pregnant and not know it quickly.
Why Eliminate My Period in the First Place?
Women who suffer from particularly stressful periods that include heavy cramping, PMS, bleeding, and migraines can get serious relief from LoSeasonique. Even if your period doesn't vanish completely, you'll still have easier and shorter periods (three days for most women). Plus, you'll get to skip the pads and tampons.
Are There Side Effects?
With all pills, there's a very small chance of side effects. However, not all of these are negative. Losing your period, for example, is something most women wouldn't regret. Also, acne that's caused by a hormonal imbalance may clear up. Several minor side effects are associated with LoSeasonique. These include headaches, nausea, water retention, breast tenderness, bloating, and increased blood pressure. While extremely rare, serious side effects have also been documented. Some of these are blood clotting, mood changes, depression, heart disorders, unusual headaches, migraines, vision changes, dizziness, fainting, confusion, slurred speech, and pain or numbness on one side of the body. Spotting is a typical side effect of any hormone-based birth control pill. However, LoSeasonique users are more likely to experience spotting than with other pills. The good news is that generally, the longer you take it, the less frequent any spotting will be.
What Are Some Precautions?
As with any birth control pill, allergies are possible, though they’re quite rare. Since LoSeasonique has less estrogen, the odds of an allergic reaction are particularly low. You may experience typical allergic reactions such as hives, itching, rashes, dizziness, or trouble breathing. Smoking while taking LoSeasonique poses a higher risk of heart disease and other serious reactions, especially in women over 35. If you're a smoker, you should consider other birth control options — or better yet, kick the habit!
Is It Safe to Eliminate My Period Completely?
Research hasn’t found any reason why women need to endure monthly bleeding at all. Also, the bleeding that occurs when you’re on the pill isn’t a “real” period anyway. It’s something known as withdrawal bleeding that’s quite different from a normal period.