Usually i start my pack on Wednesday. My boyfriend is coming back from a family trip. I didn't want to be on my period when he came back. So one my girlfriends told me that if i usually start my pill pack on Wednesday, and I've already gone through 5 of the placebo pills, then it should be ok to just start taking the first white pill and continue from there. That way i would skip having my 'period' till wednesday. Is this ok or is there a safe way to be able to stop my 'period' and still be safe from pregnancy? My boyfriend has been gone for 3 months so you can imagine my situation. lol
It is possible to skip or 'postpone' a withdrawal bleed, but it's not right for everyone and it can't be done with every prescription of the pill. So if this is something you're considering, please call up the doctor who prescribed this pill to you and ask them if it's okay for you.
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In order to actually 100% "skip" your period and have no risk of getting pregnant, I would suggest going to a Gyno and being prescribed a (usually higher dosage)pill. By just skipping those placebos for one month, it's not safe. In order for there to be no risk of pregnancy most physicians would suggest being on the pill coninually(no placebos) for at LEAST 3 months. When in doubt USE A CONDOM please.
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Also, skipping placebos for a month would not make the pill less effective- they're just sugar pills to keep you in the habit of taking the pill daily while you have a week off of hormones.
With birth control pills, you are protected from pregnancy after one full cycle. (I've actually never heard anyone recommend taking three full cycles' worth of pills without placebos before being considered protected.)
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