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Research Article

Acceptability of an oral contraceptive that reduces the frequency of menstruation: the tri-cycle pill regimen.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 20 August 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:487
  1. N B Loudon,
  2. M Foxwell,
  3. D M Potts,
  4. A L Guild,
  5. R V Short


    The frequency of menstruation was reduced to once every three months in 196 women by the continuous administration of the oral contraceptive pill, Minilyn, for 84 days (tri-cycle regimen). No pregnancies occurred. One hundred and sixty-one women (82%) welcomed the reduction in the number of periods with the associated freedom from menstrual and premenstrual symptoms, and many found the tri-cycle regimen easier to follow. Weight gain of more than 2 kg, irregular cycle control, especially in the first three months, breast tenderness, and headaches were the main side effects. Menstrual loss was unchanged or reduced in all but seven women. The doctors and nurses on the clinic staff were less enthusiastic about this regimen than the volunteers themselves.