How Seasonale works
Unlike Seasonale, most contraceptive pills work on a month by month basis, with each pack containing 21 or 28 pills to cover the month’s usage. They are designed to be taken over the duration of the cycle, starting on the first day of the bleed if beginning the treatment, or carrying on from the 28th day of the cycle if continuing from a previous pack. Those with 21 pills are meant for the first three weeks of the cycle, with the last week of the cycle not requiring any medication to be taken, however those with 28 pills have 7 days of blank pills which are more user friendly to those who need a daily routine that doesn’t change. The 28-day treatment carries on repeatedly over time depending on how long the woman wants to be protected for. With both the 21 and 28 day treatments, the body is protected against pregnancy for the duration of the 28 day cycle, even when no pills or blank pills are being taken.
The difference between this system and Seasonale is that Seasonale is a treatment designed to give fewer periods and make them lighter as well. This can be very beneficial to those who suffer extreme or chronic period cramps, or those who bleed excessively during this time. It can also be helpful to those who are travelling and do not want to have the inconvenience of periods during this time. Most doctors will be happy to prescribe Seasonale to those who suit the requirements for it, and it also has the benefit of protecting the individual against unwanted pregnancies with up to 99% accuracy.
Many people are aware of sexual health options and know that the contraceptive pill is only a birth control method, but there are those who are not sure what can protect them from STIs and diseases passed through sexual contact. It is important to understand that only barrier methods can protect from infections and diseases that are normally contracted through sex, and even condoms and femidoms are not 100% safe, so it is always wise to exercise caution when finding a new sexual partner. Those who want to be truly safe from these diseases will make their partner have an STI test before they engage in sexual activity with them. Seasonale cannot prevent the infection of someone with an STI.
One of the main downsides of Seasonale is that it cannot totally eradicate monthly bleeding from the cycle. If the body is deprived of a period, it may still have some slight bleeding, known as spotting, which can be quite light or heavy depending on the normal cycle of the individual. Those who miss doses or think that they have taken it incorrectly during a time of sexual activity may still get pregnant, and discovery of this pregnancy can be delayed by the fact that there are no periods. Some women may also put on weight with certain contraceptives, so it is wise to do a pregnancy test if pregnancy is suspected, or even just a possibility. Those who find out they are pregnant will need to stop taking the treatment immediately, despite the very low risk of the treatment harming the baby.
Those taking contraceptive pills such as Seasonale need to be careful about their diet and lifestyle choices. Certain diseases increase in risk when taking hormone pills and women may be more vulnerable to strokes, heart disease and certain cancers while they are taking Seasonale. For this reason it is wise to stop smoking and moderate alcohol intake if regularly taking a pill such as Seasonale, and keep a healthy and varied diet.