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Purposely Skipping Placebo Pills
Yes: Yes you can. It is recommended to have atleast 4 periods /year. ...Read more
Placebos are generally medications and sometimes physical or psychological substitutes which in themselves have no known effect but which cause the patient to feel as if they are getting some effect. They depend upon patient expectations and the fact that there is a strong psychological component ...Read more
Does skipping placebo pills to skip a period & starting a new pack of BC lower effectiveness of the pill? No pills missed. Just skipped placebos.
Started new brand of birth control pills a day after taking last active pill of my old brand, skipping placebo week n period. Amprotected immediately?
On birth control, skipped placebo pills & instead started another pack & now taking placebo pills. Period is very dark brown, light. Pregnant?
Periods: Periods mean you are not pregnant. The color of the blood is meaningless. It is blood. ...Read more
Yes but be careful: (If you are participating in a clinical trial then you must take your placebo pill for the results to be valid.) If it is the birth control pill then the placebo pills are optional but they are a great way to stay on schedule. If you miss one, you don't have to take it. You can discard and continue to the next one. Please be careful keeping track of the days. Best wishes ...Read more
Are there any side effects to skipping one period by taking a new pack of birth control & skipping the placebo week?
Low risk: Very few side effects expected. Possibly some spotting but that should be it. In general, there's nothing wrong with continuing to take active pills and skipping over the placebo pills. Every three months or so you should let yourself menstruate by either stopping the active pills or taking the placebo pills. ...Read more
Is taking a week off from continuous pills after 3 months of straight active pills considered skipping birth control?
Can I skip my period on multiphasic pills by just skipping the placebo pills and starting a new pack?
Some do: Some doctors will prescribe continuous use of birth control. The 21 active pills are taken and then on day 22 one starts the next pack. We can not advise you to take medication differently than you were prescribed. You can check with the prescribing doctor to determine if this is a reasonable course of action for you. ...Read more
Can taking the Plan B pill while on birth control pills delay your period during the placebo week?
I believe so.: I am not a gynecologist, but my understanding is that Plan B is a high dose of hormones that induce shedding of the lining of the uterus (preventing an egg/embryo from implanting). Taking Plan B while taking placebo (which are sugar pills) will be like taking Plan B by itself. Bleeding based on a new schedule caused by Plan B may be earlier or l8r than usual depending on how ur body reacts. ...Read more
I'm on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control. Can i skip my period this month by skipping the placebo pills?
Yes: This will usually work just fine but don't do it too often or you will get break thru bleeding. ...Read more
Are birth control pills effective if you take them evryday without skipping or missing/missing a time? (3 months bcp user)
Yes: They are effective and it is important not to miss any. Take as directed. ...Read more
No: No they will not but they are also not likely to help you in any way. Artichoke pills are not proven to provide any health benefits. ...Read more
Might: Birth control pills generally work by keeping a constant level of hormone in the system to convince the body it is pregnant, and not ovulate. Skipping or missing an active hormone pill (not the dummy pills) could allow the hormone level to drop enough to allow ovulation. It probably doesn't happen often, but could. Using additional birth control would be a good idea. ...Read more
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