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A 18-year-old female asked:

My birth control only has 4 placebo pills, each pack starts on a sunday but i want to skip my period. do i start with the first pill in my new pack?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Skip placebo: Start your next pack as soon as you get to placebos.
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My period finally came. It was late. I'm on birth control. I have 2 placebo pills left in this pack. Should I start a new pack on schedule or wait until this period ends to start the new pack? This is my 3rd cycle on this pill, last two were normal?
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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?
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 29 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.
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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 29 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.
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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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Are the placebo pills necessary and if not can I skip them and begin a new birth control pack?
Dr. Jennifer Atkins
Pediatrics 12 years experience
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A 22-year-old female asked:
If I skip my sugar pills and start a new pack of birth control so I won't have a period can I still get pregnant?
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
No: Skipping the pill-free (sugar pill) week will not reduce pill effectiveness, you still have contraception.
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Last updated Jun 5, 2015

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