Newer brands of birth control pills have been approved by the . Food and Drug Administration (like Seasonale) which allow women to have their "period" fewer times per year. Seasonale packs come with 84 active pills followed by a placebo week so the woman bleeds only four times per year. For more info, check out Extended-cycle birth control pills: Putting periods on hold in the Go Ask Alice! Sexual and Reproductive Health archive. If you're interested in using hormonal birth control, speak with your health care provider about which method would suit you best.