Hi there! I'm currently on exchange in England, and will be here for about six months. My boyfriend is coming to visit on May fourth and leaving about three weeks later (yay!). Unfortunately, my period is also going to arrive on May fourth (boo!). I am not thrilled, as you might imagine. I was wondering if there was any way to get my period a week early on my birth control so that I am blood-free for the whole time he is here. Since I won't be having sex in the intervening three months, it's fine if I'm not protected, as long as my birth control is back to working normally by the time he arrives. Am I able to just skip the last week of pills (triphasic, OrthoTriCyclenLo) on this or my next cycle so that my period comes a week early and the timing lines up? From what I've read, if I do that, I should be back to being normally protected by May fourth (may it be with you!). Thanks for your help! I'd normally talk to my GP about this, but it's hard to contact her because she now lives across the Atlantic
I'd not suggest shortening the cycle, as that will compromise your protection. Something that you can consider doing is skipping the withdrawal week altogether and taking two packs back to back. However, that is something you will want to discuss with a doctor, first (if you are not sure where to start, you can ask at the international office to see if there are medical services on campus you can take advantage of). You will want to keep in mind, however, that if you mess with your birth control, there is no guarantee that it will do what you want it to, and you may wind up with spotting or irregular bleeding.
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