I've read that if you want to change the day you start your pill packet on you can safely shorten the pill free interval by a few days? Is this true? And if so why would you ever bother having a whole 7 days break?
As to why you wouldn't do that all the time, mostly because you didn't want your body to have more hormones in it than it needs to, mostly. For younger women particularly, we don't have study on how extra hormones each month (less placebos = more active pills) may impact your health long-term.
Plus, shortening or removing the placebo period also can commonly result in spotting mid-cycle.
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I'm also gonna throw in that for the sake of practicality, taking all seven pills means you should always get your withdrawal bleed on the same day of the week.
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