According to Dr Christine Roke, national
medical advisor at Family Planning, the new Yaz Flex pill, which allows women
to get their periods once in every four months, is a safe and effective
contraceptive pill, which comes in a small dispenser that notifies women as to
when they should take the pills and warns them if they are late. It also
notifies women if they need to use condoms, or any such contraception, after
they have missed taking a pill.
Roke said the new pill could actually decrease the chance of falling pregnant. With the
standard Yaz pill, there are chances of women falling pregnant but with the new
pill, the chances of pregnancy are drastically reduced.
Besides, the women taking the pill bleed
just once in four months in contrast to the monthly bleeding that women
normally have. Also, the reminder system that the new pill is part of is very
convenient and is very useful for those who tend to forget pills.
Dr Roke said that there was
no need to bleed every month, contrary to popular belief. The new pill is seen
as a move to encourage young people to make informed decisions regarding their
sexual and reproductive health. It now appears that this very useful pill may
not be available in New Zealand due to its high costs.