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Amy A
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I take my monophasic pills for 21 days, then no pills for 7 days.

The last pill is always taken on a Saturday. Then, my period comes the following Wednesday morning.

It would be better for me if my period came on Thursdays instead. So, I was thinking that this time around, I'd take 22 pills instead of 21. That way, everything will be shifted back by one day. I'd still do 7 days of no pills after that.

So then the last pill would be taken on a Sunday, and my period would arrive Thursday morning.

Two problems:
1) Is it safe to do this?
2) I don't have an extra pill to take, unless I take one from next month's supply. But then that month will be missing a pill...? If I have to keep taking one pill from the next month's supply all the time, I'm going to mess it up for sure.

[ 03-27-2012, 11:08 PM: Message edited by: Amy A ]

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Karybu
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Pills are meant to be taken as directed, so changing the schedule as you're describing really isn't a great idea. There's really no guarantee anyway that even if you do shift the day that your last pill is on that your period will show up when you want it to - bodies don't work like that.

If you do want to try to shift your pill schedule, the best person to talk to is your pharmacist.

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Amy A
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I know my period would definitely come on the Thursday if I did this, as I've accidentally done this before several times (back when I wasn't having sex and wasn't careful with my pills).

I will go talk to my pharmacist though, thanks!

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