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Doctor insights on: Purposely Skipping Placebo Pills

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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.

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.

No: No, it does not. In fact some methods of using birth control pills rely on skipping the placebo pills for two packs in a row and then taking them for the third. ...Read more

Placebo (Definition)

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


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Dark brown discharge for over a week after skipping placebo pills. Why is this happening? Blood clot?

Dark brown discharge for over a week after skipping placebo pills. Why is this happening? Blood clot?

Not uncommon: Its not uncommon for menstrual contents to range from bright red to black. This is a reflection of the breakdown of the endometrial tissue and is not abnormal. ...Read more

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Does skipping placebo pills in bc pills effect the risk of pregnancy either way? Curious. Assume 1 pill was missed 1st wk of next pack, after sex?

Does skipping placebo pills in bc pills effect the risk of pregnancy either way? Curious. Assume 1 pill was missed 1st wk of next pack, after sex?

Placebo don't matter: The placebo pills are just there to keep you in the habit of taking a daily pill. You can skip them all if you remember to start your next pack on time. ...Read more

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Is it ok to skip 3 placebo pills and start new pack earlier?

Is it ok to skip 3 placebo pills and start new pack earlier?

Yes: Some women often take 3 months of active pills in a row. So yes OK. All the best. ...Read more

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Is it okay to skip placebo on old brand of bcps and take first active pill of a new brand a day after last active pill of old one? Protected rite away?

Is it okay to skip placebo on old brand of bcps and take first active pill of a new brand a day after last active pill of old one? Protected rite away?

Yes, but...: Yes, it is safe and effective to immediately start the first pill of a new brand of bcps the day after you finish the last pill of your old brand. We call that - continuous use. You will continue to be protected from unintended pregnancy provided you took your previous brand and take this brand of bcps properly. However, your next period may come late, be heavier/ lighter or you may have spotting. ...Read more

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Have BTB from missing a pill at the beginning of the pack. 4 active pills left but had BTB for about a wk. Would it be ok to skip placebos and still be protected? I really don't want to bleed anymore.

Have BTB from missing a pill at the beginning of the pack. 4 active pills left but had BTB for about a wk. Would it be ok to skip placebos and still be protected? I really don't want to bleed anymore.

Yes: There are no studies that have yet to show that skipping your period by not taking the placebo has an harmful effects on your health. Just check with your pharmacy that you will be able to get your next pack on time, as you don't want to mIss taking them. ...Read more

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My friend took all of her placebo pills in one day while on the active pills. She is going to skip her period so she didn't need them. Is that safe?

My friend took all of her placebo pills in one day while on the active pills. She is going to skip her period so she didn't need them. Is that safe?

Placebo Pills: Not dangerous but why take them? It will not cause her to skip her period unless she continues to take an active pill daily. All the best. ...Read more

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If I chose to skip my placebo pills and go straight to my next pack of bc, will the effectiveness of the pill go down? My pill is minastrin Fe 24

Still effective: Skipping the placebo pills does not affect the effectiveness of your birth control pills. It's safe to skip the placebo pills. ...Read more

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Is it safe to skip the placebo pills in birth control?

Is it safe to skip the placebo pills in birth control?

Only if inactive: Many of the very low dose pills provide some hormonal input into the "inactive pills" to facilitate a easier egress into the withdrawal bleeding period. Thus, some of those pills are not "inactive". Daily pill taking consistency is important as our lives are very busy and overstressed. It is easy under those circumstances to "forget" ;to resume the pill after stopping the "inactive pills." ...Read more

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Are the placebo pills necessary and if not can I skip them and begin a new birth control pack?

Are the placebo pills necessary and if not can I skip them and begin a new birth control pack?

Contraception: The placebo are necessary only if you want to have a period. You may skip them and move on to a new pack of pills. However, at some point you may have some irregular and unpredictable spitting. In addition, many women experience longer and heavier periods the longer they go without having a period. ...Read more

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Can I skip my period on multiphasic pills by just skipping the placebo pills and starting a new pack?

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

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On extended cycle of bc pill Reclipsen. Is it normal to gain about 5-6 pounds the week before placebo week, even if you skip that period?

On extended cycle of bc pill Reclipsen. Is it normal to gain about 5-6 pounds the week before placebo week, even if you skip that period?

Extended cycle pills: If you are still using the active pills and have not yet switched to the placebo pills then hormonally nothing has changed from the rest of the pack of pills. In that case the pill would not be causing a 5 lb weight gain in a week ...Read more