By Kemberly Richardson
(New York - WABC, February 5, 2007) - The market is now inundated with several new drugs that promise to reduce or eliminate your menstrual cycle. For most women that sounds like a dream. But is it a risky choice for women?
While nursing her second child, Gina Garrison was thrilled to discover she stopped getting her period.
"It was great ... didn't have to worry about anything, especially with them running around ... one less thing to worry about," she said.
She did start taking the pill and got her period. But instead of 12 each year, she now gets only four. Like a growing number of women, she discovered a way to manipulate her cycle.
Dr. Mindy Wiser-Estin, gynecologist: "You can just skip the placebo week and go to the next pill rack."
Dr. Wiser-Estin is talking about a whole new army of birth control pills specifically geared for women who want to, for the sake of convienence, have fewer periods.
"I'm seeing teens in high school who may be athletes ... and them I'm seeing perimenipausal who are just tired of the whole thing," she said.
In fact, one survey showed 71 percent of women didn't like getting their period each month. Another survey found 49 percent want to learn more about stopping or delaying their cycle. But is it safe?
"The answer is yes, as long as you're on pill with progesterone in pills which keeps lining thin, so no reason medically you have to have a period every month," Dr. Wiser-Estin said.
NYU Professor Linda Gordon sits somewhere in the middle. She's written about birth control and warns women to proceed with caution, pointing to the past as a reason why.
"It happened to my generation about hormone replacement therapy for menopause, they pushed hard and it turned out to be destructive with the same issues it was suppose to be helping you," Gordon said.
But experts counter they've been doing the same thing with no complications for decades with women suffering from endometriosis and extremely difficult periods. What lies ahead?
"If you ask me, five years from now, women are going to do long that 12 weeks," Dr. Wiser-Estin said.