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Member # 43546
posted 08-01-2009 05:19 PM
I am currently on birth control (Alesse) and i am suppose to get be done my active pills on Wednesday and will probably get my period on Friday. However i am going away to the lake on friday and i would not like to have my period while away from home, especially at the lake. My boyfriend and I have been experimenting with sex. He has been inside of me but only for a few seconds (never finished). I have heard of not taking the inactive pills and just start the next pack, but i would like the reassurance of getting my period that I'm not pregnant. I was wondering if it is healthy to stop taking my active pills on sunday so i my period would almost be done while on vacation. Does this work?
Member # 17924
posted 08-01-2009 05:22 PM
You can do this occasionally, but I would not suggest doing it often. My rule on this tends to be once or twice in a while is OK, but generally, the pill is meant to function a certain way, and tampering with how it works isn't something you want to do often.
Member # 34602
posted 08-04-2009 11:15 PM
I don't mean to be rude, but I have essentially the same question and thought it might be more efficient to just piggyback on this one than to start an entirely new thread. I just want to spell things out exactly to make sure I'm understanding things correctly.
To skip a period while on a BCP that has three weeks of active pills and a week of placebos (Alessa, Tri-sprintec, etc), one takes the three weeks of active pills as normal, and then on the fourth week immediately begins taking the next pack of pills. Is that correct?
Member # 20094
posted 08-05-2009 01:08 AM
Yep, that's exactly right. So, what you end up with is six weeks of active pills with no breaks and then a placebo week, instead of the usual three weeks of active pills and then the week of placebo pills.
Member # 1679
posted 08-05-2009 09:17 AM
Just to be clear, as well...keep in mind that doing so will not absolutely guarantee that you'll skip your withdrawal bleed. Some women will still bleed anyway or may have bleeding during the next cycle. For example, I tried this once (years ago when I was on the pill). I still had some bleeding during the time I would have had my withdrawal bleed...but then I also had significant spotting every day throughout the next cycle.
So even if you are planning on doing this, I'd still suggest taking some pads, etc. with you in case it does not work quite the way you expect.