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A 20-year-old female asked:

on my way to work and i forgot my birth control pills. i am currently at the placebo ones. should i be concerned that i am about to miss a placebo ?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No: The placebo pills are just a "place holder" to keep you on the correct schedule. No worries!

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Could you skip periods by continuously taking birth control pills without the placebos?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Yes you can. It is recommended to have atleast 4 periods /year.
A 29-year-old member asked:

It is possible to user normal monthly birth control pills to have fewer periods, by skipping the placebo week and starting a new pack?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: If you skip the placebo pills in a pack of birth control pills and go straight to the active pills in the next pack, you shouldn't have a period.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Perfectly safe - Seasonale & Seasoniqe, 2 different birth control pills that promise "Only 4 periods a year" do just this, using formulations of pills currently availible in monthly packs as well. The currrent preference is for a period every 3 months as a minimum, but that's based on women who are NOT suppressing their cycles with pills; there's no data for how long if you are.
Mar 30, 2012
A 32-year-old member asked:

What part of birth control pills are really just placebos?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Last ones: The last few ones that have a different color.
A 19-year-old female asked:

I missed my birth control pills mon.And tues. I took mon. And tues. Pills on wed., and wed. And thurs. On thurs. Is it ok to take placebos this week?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Missed pill: If you are due for the placebos now then yes. Be aware though that since you missed more than one pill this cycle you either need to abstain or use condom.
Boston, MA
A 32-year-old female asked:

Why is it that most birth control pills have a cycle of 21 active pills and 7 placebos, while others have 24/4? Is one system more preferable?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
BC pill variation: Today's oral contraceptives are very low in estrogen, and the bleeding is mild , reflective of the low growth of the uterine lining resulting from low estrogen. There is no medical need to prolong the interval from active pills to active pills in a "new" package, Spontaneous ovulation and pregnancy are also reduced with the short "off time".

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