The pill free week was artificially created to give women a 'regular and normal' cycle.
There is no medical mandate for safety of creating a pill free week.
Traditional pills had a 7 day pill free week.
Newer pills can have a 3 day pill free week (Yaz and Loestrin 24) while others
have 84 days on and 7 days off for a 91 day cycle (seasonale). All options are safe.
Side effect profiles may vary and can be very different from person to person,
but most extended regimens have a higher risk of breakthrough bleeding,
especially in the first few months of use.
Wendy Fried, M.D., FACOG, FACS,
is an OB/Gyn with Northern Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in North Hills, New York
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