Quote from alk3rainbow
hmmm good point. I don't really know what to say to that except that I've heard mixed things from doctors about taking the pill that way and not doing it. So I figure if there are mixed opinions on if its good for you or not, I will just error on the side of safety and not take the chance.
If you looked at the history of the pill, you would find that it was only to make it more palatable to the Catholic church that it was ever cyclical to begin with.
Seasonale, the 3 month pill is the same medication and dosage as Ortho Tri-cyclin just in a different package for convenience.
In regards to safety, the clinical trials to date show no more increased risk in this regimen of pills than in traditional regimens. The jury is still out on whether there will be long term benefits such as lower risk of certain types of cancer with the use of menstrual suppression regimens.
It should be noted that while on birth control pills (even the new low dose pills) the monthly withdrawal bleed is a result of decreased levels of progesterone (because you are not taking the pill) NOT because of a build up of endometrial tissue. Birthcontrol pills in general cause the endometrium to be thinner.
And yes, you should consult your doctor regarding whether or not this regimen is an option for you. Certainly do not make decisions on your health or anything else in your life based on what you read on an internet bulletin board.
In asking the question, I was mostly just curious about the general attitude regarding period suppression.