Frumkiet and pharmaceuticals
When talking about Niddah, we always say two weeks a month of not touching, but with the ability to use the patch/pill continuously, one can really go months without having a period. Do most orthodox Jews who are on the patch/pill use it for consecutive months to avoid Nidda and mikvah, or do they use it in monthly increments? And if they use it in monthly increments, why?
Two Weeks Every Four Months
Oooh interesting question!
I too have been seeing those commercials for seasonale- the birthcontrol pill that allows a woman to have just four periods a year... and why not?
If it's medically safe why should a non-pregnant woman have to separate from her husband monthly if there is no halachik need for it.
Since birth control seems to be such a private matter (especially in frum circles where it tends to be looked at as a concession at best) I really have no sense of what most people do.
I will admit to having skipped the placebos a few times when I was on the pill. I know many non-Jewish women who have done the same to avoid getting their periods while away on vacation etc...
Maybe we can take an informal survey here if people are willing to be open about it under the cloak of anonymity... Go ahead and post under a fake, fake name if you want to distance yourself from your answer.