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A 35-year-old member asked:

Hi docs, would i get my period by skipping active birth control pills?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Najia Lawrence
19 years experience
Yes: Birth control pills are made to cause bleeding when the medication is stopped. That is why they package them with placebo pills (the different colored pills at the end of the pack). When missing active pills it is the same as taking placebo pills and therefore will cause you to have a period.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can i get my period by skipping active birth control pills?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Asha Kamnani
Obstetrics and Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: When you skip your pills you will get irregular bleeding. You will lose contraceptive protection depending on the number of pills you miss. If you miss more than 1 pill in a pack, it is best to use a back up method.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if you start to get your period while on active birth control pills?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Typical: Many women on lo dose birth control pills may start spotting or bleeding before the end of week 3. It may take several cycles for your body to get used to the new hormones. If the bleeding persists, you may need to switch to a different pill.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can doubling up on active birth control pills stop your period?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Doubling up on active pills will stop break thru bleeding on the pill, you should not do this without the supervision of your doc, if you want to stop your period , you do not take the placebo pills start a new pack of active pills an if it works right you will not get a period.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
On my 1st month of birth control 2 weeks after my period. I'm 5 pills in and started my period early. Do I take the active pills or skip to inactive?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Keep taking one/day: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually sel... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
I am on birth control for four months now,I skip my placebo pills so I don't get a period.For the last 3 days I have had severe cramps and spotting.
Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Hormones or birth control pills can cause irregular periods and spotting.anytime Periods are irregular I recommend you check pregnancy test to make su... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
On birth control pill didnt miss any pills . Sexual active . Only had 2 day period this month and it was light . normally I have 4 days period heavy with birth control pill. What could be causing this ?
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Minimal shedding: The hormones in the oral contraceptive pills generally produce a very thin layer of endometrium which minimally sheds at the time of the "period" whic... Read More
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A female asked:
How possible is it that I am pregnant? I was on the three month form of birth control and i did not miss any pills, and when i got to the end of the three months i did not get my period. I am now 5 weeks from that time and i still do not have my period.
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
If : If you took your birth control correctly (taking a pill every day around the same time every day without missing any) then you have a less than 1% cha... Read More
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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