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Miss_Stress
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I'm switching pills, from Yasminelle to a new pill on the market called Zoely. I have my new prescription but haven't bought Zoely yet as I still have 2 days left of Yasminelle before my 7 day gap week.

Last time I switched pills I didn't take my gap week and ended up having spotting for 3 weeks so ideally I'd love to take my 7 day gap week this time. Can I do this? The pharmacist has said to me in the past when I switched pills that I should go straight on to the next pack without taking my gap week. What should I do? Any advice would be great!

PS: I would rather take my gap week because I feel the break from hormones makes me feel better, plus it's extra reassurance that I'm not pregnant.

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It's totally fine to take the 7 day gap, just be sure to use barriers (like condoms) as back up for the first new cycle of Zoely (first 3 weeks) to be very safe.

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Can I just ask as well, the gap week for Zoely is 4 days, so should my break this time be 4 days or 7 days? Silly question I know!

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Not a silly question. [Smile] It's actually up to you, since you're switching and planning to use back-up for the first cycle. You can ride out the 7 days from the old pack (this is totally fine) or if you'd rather start a little earlier (or if you wanted to start on a certain day), you could just do the 4.

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Okay thank you! I'm on antibiotics right now for an ear infection for 7 days so another reason why I don't want to skip my gap week. My body is just pumped up on medication if you get me, so it'd be nice to take a week off from my pill rather than go straight into a new month so my body can chill for a bit!

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Sounds like you have a great plan. [Smile]

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Hi again! Just wanted to ask something else related to this topic instead of starting a new thread.

I'm now on day 4 of my pill free week before I switch pills and I'm still waiting for my withdrawal bleed. For the past few months it's been arriving on day 2 of my week off. Could the antibiotics be causing a delay?

For the past 3 months I've been using condoms with my pill consistently and I've never missed a pill or taken one late in my life. I've also had 3 withdrawal bleeds since I started this technique as opposed to using the pill as my only protection, so pregnancy really isn't likely. I also haven't had sex since going on my antibiotics.

Can antibiotics cause a slight delay? I was on amoxicillin 3 times a day for 7 says for a severe inner ear infection. My last antibiotic was taken yesterday. I've read your article about periods being MIA, but it doesn't list much for late periods on the pill.

PS: I know I shouldn't worry about 2 days of a difference really, but deviations like this can be pretty frightening for me. [Frown]

I've been having cramps for the past 24 hours but they seem to be bowel related as opposed to period related.

[ 11-24-2012, 06:58 AM: Message edited by: Miss_Stress ]

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Ignore my last question, looks like my withdrawal bleed has started! Very light so far because it's only just begun, but it's there. [Smile]

My cramps must have been period related after all. Thanks again for your advice. xxx

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Glad to hear your withdrawal bleed arrived and you've stopped worrying. [Smile]

For the future: illness, such as an ear infection, can put your body under a lot of stress, which can delay a period. But also, even on the pill, bleeds can be a couple days early or late from time to time. That's perfectly normal.

[ 11-24-2012, 08:30 AM: Message edited by: September ]

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