CBS' Michelle Miller got the jump on Lybrel yesterday. That is the brand name of Wyeth's new birth control pill that "not only prevents pregnancy, it eliminates periods. Period." With the approval of the pill by the Food & Drug Administration, both ABC and NBC played catch-up. NBC's Nancy Snyderman noted that the new pill is no big deal: "There is no real medical difference," so while it may relieve symptoms for some--"severe mood swings, pelvic pain, headache"--for most women "it is all about lifestyle…control and convenience." ABC's Lisa Stark (subscription required) offered this historical observation after talking to gynecologists: "In the past women have had more children and breast fed for longer than they do today--which meant they had far fewer periods."
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