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vballchick_2004
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ok i know theres alot of posts here about birth control so please dont get mad at me for posting another one! anyways, i've been on ortho tricyclen for 3 months now...when i went into the doctor to get my very first packet she was describing to me what would happen. she said when your on the pill, you have total control over your period, so if u want to go 3 months w/out a period then decide to have it, you go off the pills...then when your done u start them again. I've been reading some other posts on this but none seem to help me understand. Anyways i guess what im asking is --> if my doctor IS right by chance (which that would be totally great if u could control your period) why have i been getting my period every month even tho i'm on Birth Control??
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Either your doctor was woefully misinformed (which is disconcerting), misunderstood what you were asking, or you didn't understand her.

Oral contraceptives REGULATE cycles. They do not make monthly bleeding go away and if they are having that effect, it is a problem and one needs to see one's doctor. Your body needs to shed endometrial lining for your reproductive health.

In addition, going on and off the pill every few months would be a very bad idea -- that sort of gross hormonal fluctuation isn't good for your body.

Just a note: having a period really isn't a big deal. I know it seems that way the first few years, but I assure you, it truly isn't anything that should be that great a concern or care. Things like endometriosis, however, which can occur if you aren't menstruating regularly, IS a major concern. Get the picture?

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