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A 21-year-old female asked:

I am switching birth control brands at the end of this pack but i was wondering if i could skip the sugar pills to skip my period. is that safe to do?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
SKIPPING SUGAR PILL: Yes iot is safe as long as you restart your next pack 7 days after you stop the sygar pill.So you have to remind yourself when next pack has to start.
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Skipping pills: For a cycle or two, you would probably have no problem skipping the inert pills in a 28-day pack. Over the long-term, however, if you skipped all your periods, you would get an excessive build-up of the lining of your uterus, and this in turn would lead to heavy bleeding episodes. Nature's way is best. Your uterus needs the rest and restoration it gets during your period.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
On birth control but 4 weeks ago exactly(new pack day)i had sex and took plan b.At end of week 2 I bled lightly.I'm on sugar pills now, w/no period?
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Plan b!: Don't despair! Plan b is a very high dose hormone and will mess up your periods and moods for a bit. PLEASE stick with your pill.
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A member asked:
I'm using loestrin 120 i forgot and took my birth control at a different time during the month which caused me to get my period a week before my sugar pills when do I start my new pack?
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 21 years experience
.: If missed taking pills, use secondary method of contraception for the month and restart the next set of pills as usual on day 1 of period.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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