Donate Now
Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply
my profile | directory login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Got Questions? Get Answers. » SCARLETEEN CENTRAL » Safer Sex & Birth Control » Skipping a period

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: Skipping a period
Smiley64
Activist
Member # 34285

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Smiley64     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was hoping to be able to skip my upcoming period, but I want to make sure that I do it right, and that the effectiveness won't be compromised. I am on Ortho Tri-Cyclen, which has 3 weeks, all with different hormone levels. I looked at the following website, but found myself more confused than before.
http://thewelltimedperiod.blogspot.com/2005/01/skip-period-regimens.html
The last time I was seen by my nurse practitioner, I had asked her a little bit of general information about it, but didn't get exact directions from her. She did say that since this brand isn't specifically made to skip periods, that changing it might decrease the effectiveness, or cause breakthrough bleeding. Although I would really like to skip this month's period, I am also not sure if I'm willing to risk the effectiveness level. I guess I just need some clarification of how I would go about doing this, and if what I have read and been told so far is accurate.
Thanks!

Posts: 169 | From: usa | Registered: Jun 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
When people use the pill to suppress menstruation, what they do is take the active pills back to back, skipping the placebo week.

In other words, you take the three weeks of active pills, then start a new pack right away, not taking a placebo week until after you have taken the three weeks of actives from THAT pack.

While you still get a withdrawal bleed or spotting regardless (no matter what brand of pill you use), and we have only limited studies about this per health, especially for younger people, it is NOT in any way linked with making the pill less effective.

the only thing per not taking pills that presents effectiveness issues with BCPs is skipping any of the active pills or shortening the active pills (like, taking two weeks, not three).

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me • Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68208 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.
UBB Code™ Images not permitted.
Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen
Scarleteen.com: Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3