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are there any risks with skipping your period through birthcontrol (ie taking active pills only)?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Going off schedule: The placebo pills have no hormones in them, so it's ok to skip them. However, a pack of pills is for 4 weeks, not a calendar month. There are 13 packs used each year, not 12. If a woman can stay on schedule even if she skips the placebo pills, then it would be ok for her to skip them. For most women, it is easier to take one pill a day and not think about when to start the next pack of pills.
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
But there are no real risks. you can eliminate your periods by taking the active pills and then starting a new pack.
Nov 20, 2011
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Continuous bcp's: Oral contraceptives can be taken without a "break" for the placebo pills, but make certain they are taken within the hour of the previous active pill. Consult your gyn physician if you choose to continue for more than two months.

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