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I seem to have a lot of questions lately that are just out of curiosity (because I can mostly ask my mom anything about anything, but she hasn't been on the pill for like.. over 20 years so they are probably different now).

Is skipping placebo pills a bad idea? I'm on estrostep and the placebo pills are iron pills. Will it lessen the effectiveness of the active pills? Will it do anything? Thanks a bunch.

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It's not a bad idea, and it's fine not to take them, and just take your seven days off without them.

But iron pills are going to help a good deal with cramping during the withdrawal bleed and other symptoms, so it might be helpful to you TO take them.

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My doctor informed me that it is okay to skip the placebo pills and just go straight on to the next pack up to 3 packs in a row. That way you don't have to have your period for 3 months. This does however make your birth control last for shorter time periods and consequently making it more expensive.
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(Irishluck22, this area is for volunteer and staff replies only. Thanks!)

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