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edukateyourself
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My doctor has told me it is possible to keep the ring in for longer than three weeks if one wishes to avoid getting her period, for example in the case of a trip. I plan on visiting a friend of mine at the beginning of April, and that is the week I am expecting to get my period, i.e. the week I am supposed to take my ring off. If I take my ring off one week earlier, will I get my period earlier and thus be period-free at the beginning of April? I hope I made myself easy enough to understand!

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Heather
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If you're using the ring to suppress periods, you don't leave the same ring in for longer: what a pity a doctor gave you incorrect information. Were you to leave the same ring in, you'd not be provided effective protection against pregnancy after that 3-week period.

Instead, you switch to a NEW ring when you would normally have a placebo week.

You also CANNOT take the ring OUT earlier and try and futz with your period that way: if you do that, you'll lose protection both during the week you take off, and even after you start a new ring.

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Thanks for the reply! I might have miunderstood my doctor...
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Kaydee
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Is it safe to skip periods by doing this? With birth control pills also?

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Heather
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As of the current time, some studies have been done. The longest-term one I know of is two years: in other words, we know that as of two years of use, this has shown itself to be safe for adult women. The FDA, based on those studies, currently states that so long as adult women have at least four withdrawal bleeds a year, they consider it safe and approve this use.

There have NOT yet been any studies done on this with teen women, which is a different issue because some development isn't complete which any use of synthetic hormones, but certainly an extra week a month, may present problems with.

For that reason and others, Scarleteen as an organization doesn't yet endorse this: we'd like to see more study overall first, but certainly any study at all for younger women. So, our advice is for women who are looking to suppress periods to talk to their doctors about it, and for those under 18, as of right now, we'd suggest avoiding it and just having periods or withdrawal bleeds the way women always have, as they are usually just not that big of a deal for most.

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