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BlueEyedBeauty
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I've been on the birth control pill for a little more than six months and I did some reading and I know you can skip an occasional period, but what if I wanted to skip them regularly and not take the placebo pills, but jump to the next pack? Is that safe, do I need to change pills? I know that this one girl I knew Sophomore year said she didnt get her period because she took birth control, so I was wondering if I could do it too.
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September
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With some brands of the birth control pill it is possible to skip a period by just not taking the placebo pills and instead taking two packs back to back. However, doing this on a regular basis is not recommended. And even just doing it once is a bit of a gamble, as there's a good chance you'll end up spotting for the entire cycle.

If you want to give it a try, regardless, the best thing to do is to give your gyn a call and and ask them if it's possible with your prescription, and whether they think it's okay for you to do.

[ 04-19-2007, 10:55 AM: Message edited by: September ]

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I'm on Depo-Provera (aka, The Shot), and that method does, in fact, stop your period. There will be some spotting around when you would usually get your period for the first few months, but after that? Let's just say that in September, I bought myself a box of really light absorbency tampons. It was a box of 20, and I've still got 7 left.

If skipping your period is something you want on a more permanent level (as in, you want to not have a period for a year, as opposed to skipping it one month, and then having it the next), then perhaps look into Depo further, and talk to your doctor about it.

As a university student, I have to say... the money I've saved on tampons, alone, is well worth it. [Smile]

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Heather
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FYI, it is NOT yet advised, even by menstrual suppression proponents, that adolescents under 18 regularly skip periods.

NO long-term tests have been done with this population, and given the developmental issues specific to young women (especially big risks like bone mass loss, which has been shown to be a problem w/teens and Depo, as well as other risks), if and when long-term tests are ever donw with younger women, it's likely it'll be found to be problematic for long-term health.

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LucysDiamonds
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Heather - how does that affect things like Seasonale, which (if I remember correctly) is the pill that gives you only four periods a year? I was under the impression that Seasonale has been generally approved, even though the four-a-year is pretty much acknowledged as the bare minimum to be safe. Is that not true? Like, are there significant risks if you take Seasonale? (I'm thinking of switching to it, is the main reason I'm asking. Although I am currently 18, so does that change the answer at all?)

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Well, the longest study for women of any age for Seasonale has been a two-year-study. It has been approaved, but it's women who are usuing it have not been observed and followed-up with for a period of greater than two years at this time.

So, personally, it's still not something as an advocate for women's health I'd be comfortable promoting, but given you're not a younger adolescent, and most of your development is done, I'd say that when making up your mind on this, there's likely no reasons to have concerns about screwing up adolescent development, and in your research to make up your mind, you should consider yourself an adult woman.

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