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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
18 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 44 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.
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 47 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.
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 43 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.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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