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I'm on OrthoTriCyclenLo and I am going backpacking next weekend. I live in an area with lots of bears and it's not advisable to head into the backcountry while you're bleeding, so I was wondering about suppressing your period on a triphasic pill, as I will be on my placebo week while I am away. I used to do it fairly frequently when I was taking monophasic pills (Alesse21, Yasmin21), but I've never done it with a triphasic pill. How would I go about it? Will I still be protected if I just start a new pack right away? Is the information on this website correct?

Thanks in advance,

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Hi Amy,

with regards to the link you posted, it's not actually true that having a monthly bleed serves no function. The week-long break gives your body a break
from the hormones, something that has been found to be necessary for most people who take hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy.

The studies done on menstrual suppression have found that it's safe for people older than 18 years to do it every once in a while. We have no data on the safety of menstrual suppression for people younger than 18.

Your pill will still be effective as birth control if you skip the placebo week and go into taking the new pack right away.

For specific suggestions on whether you need to do anything else to make this work, I'd suggest consulting the healthcare provider who prescribed your pill. When making a change to medication of any sort, it really is sound to consult the prescribing provider, a pharmacist, or both.


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By the way, no matter what you decide to do with this, do know this business about having to worry about an increased risk of bear attacks or drawing bears when menstruating is a myth.

There are so many myths about menstruation and women's bodies, most based in ignorance, sexism, or both, and this is one of them. I always feel the need to pipe up when I hear anyone letting these myths limit their lives or causing them undue worry: we have enough real things to worry about! Really, you don't have to worry about this.

For more info, see:

(This might also be bear-ist? [Big Grin] )

Edited: now having an argument in the house about if bearist is the right term. [Razz] Votes have been put in for bearophobic, or ursidist.)

[ 09-16-2013, 10:00 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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