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bagels
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Normally I consider myself pretty educated but there are a few things I've always wondered about.

I'm sure someone may have come here before asking about this, and so I apologize for being repetitive, but I have been told by a friend that you can skip the week of placebo pills in the birth control pack, and still be just as safe as always. Like for the month you keep going right on into the next pack. Normally I wouldn't like to mess with my pills at ALL as I'm very responsible with them, but my boyfriend is coming home to visit from college. He only comes every little bit and this is his first time back since he began, and it is RIGHT when I am on the worst part of my period. So. I am interested in this... can you verify that it is just as safe as if I were to have my period and take the placebos?

Also, my doctor said there is still speculation as to whether or not one ovulates while on the pill. Isn't that the pill's purpose and method of preventing conception? By stopping ovulation? Seems kind of questionable.

Anyways, thanks for the help!

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don't skip the placebos and go to the next pack unless you are told to do so by your doctor. endometrial cells (the ones that line your vagina) divide rapidly. this means they can also mutate rapidly. when you menstruate, you remove these cells, but holding them in gives them more chances to screw up, and thus can pose a *cancer* risk.

now, depending on the type of pill you are on, you may or may not ovulate. if your pill is a "mini-pill' made of synthetic progesterone (check out the chemical name, if it has the root -gest in there somewhere, then it's progesterone), then you will continue to ovulate. however, the hormones prevent your cervical mucus from allowing sperm to pass into your uterus.

if your pill is a "combo-pill" containing both progesterone *AND* estrogen (check for the prefix estr-), you will not ovulate. the hormone formula suppresses the chain of hormone triggers to cause ovulation.

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Don't mess with your pills until you talk to your doctor. Call them and ask if it's alright for you to skip your placebos. And understand that if the answer is yes, there is no guarentee that you won't menstruate or spot at least a little bit, because some women still do that. So as I said, take a second and call your doctor's office.

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From Planned Parenthood - You and the Pill:
Combination pills usually work by preventing a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation). Progestin-only pills also can prevent ovulation. But they usually work by thickening the cervical mucus. This keeps sperm from joining with an egg. Combination pills also thicken cervical mucus. Both types of pill can also prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus.

Part of the idea is to prevent ovulation...although if you don't take it correctly, you can still ovulate. I haven't heard about any studies questioning whether or not you REALLY ovulate while on the pill recently. Perhaps someone else here has...

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I was not instructed to do so by my doctor, however she said that it would be alright and that it is just as safe. But if it poses a cancer risk then I shouldn't, obviously. Thing is, so many girls hear this from doctors that its okay...

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Hey bagels.

Just a note: we're pretty big around here on being inclusive and positive to everyone and anyone, and that includes the developmentally disabled population, for whom "retarded" as a term, and the sentiment in your sig line, is pretty demeaning. You may or may not be aware of that.

If you'd please choose a sig quote, if you want one, that is positive for everyone and doesn't insult or demean, I'd be appreciative. Thanks much.

While I'm at it: men who have relationships with women get used to them menstruating just like women get used to menstruating themselves. It's mornal stuff. And sexual activity is perfectly fine to do, if you like, when menstruating. It is also fine, if that's something you aren't comfy with or don't like, to say "Hey, I'm on my period right now and I'm not comfortable with sex," and find other things to do. If any given relationship is a make-or-break deal due to nnot having sex on one visit or another -- even if you both want it -- it's time to do some thinking.

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Okay... sorry about that.


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