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Purposely Skipping Placebo Pills
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.
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
Dark brown discharge for over a week after skipping placebo pills. Why is this happening? Blood clot?
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?
Yes: Some women often take 3 months of active pills in a row. So yes OK. All the best. ...Read more
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
Brown Discharge for 4 days. Need to skip placebo pills. Should I use doubling up method? Need it to go in less than a week.
Empty the uterus: Brown discharge means your uterus is desperately trying to clean itself out. You have got to let yourself have a period. ...Read more
Can I skip 3rd week of bc and go to placebo? Then go back to the 3rd week so I have 4 weeks of bc in next pack. I have missed 2 days of pills so far.
No.: Not a good idea. Take next two pills today and continue your 3rd week is best. Use condoms for the next 7 days or abstain from sexual activity. ...Read more
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.
I'm taking tri cyclen lo if I skip the 3rd week and go straight from the 2nd week of pills to the placebo pills, is that bad?
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
If you miss the last day of your BCP and start your placebos and you period ends on Saturday and take your pill Sun and Mon are you safe still?
Safe: Yes but don't miss too many!Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm currently on trispintec and am wondering if there is a safe way to skip my period even though I already took one placebo pill. How?
Start next pack: Just start the next pack now and you should skip your period ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
Brown discharge for 5 days now and still have 5 days before placebo pills. I need to skip period/placebo pills. Will the discharge stop in 5 days?
Possibly: You would get it to stop by doubling up for a couple days if you need to get rid of your period, but you pill may be too low and this may happen every month. It does not mean the pill won't be effective though. ...Read more
Is it safe to skip placebo bc pills and start new pack in order to skip periods. Is this safe to do every month? Will the bc still be as effective?
Is okay to skip placebo pills in birthcontrol? If I don't take them can I start the next pack of pills or do I need to skip a week to get a period?
Would it be okay for me to only use 19 days of birth control, then skip the last 2 days and go straight to the placebo, just for one cycle of pills?
I only have 4 placebo pills so if I start a new pack to skip my period I would have to start the new pack on Wednesday but it's a Sunday start pack..
Yes: That is true - just means you ignore the days on the pack. If it helps you remember you can write in the correct days, starting with Wednesday. ...Read more
I have endometriosis, is it safe to skip my placebo pills or only take 4 out of 7 so I'm not in so much pain? Also on nexplanon to control irreg bleed
I skipped the placebo pills in my last pack&started a new one to skip my period that month. On my new pack I got my period a week early is that normal?
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more
Can I skip the placebo pills in a 91 day regimen birth control to avoid a period? If so does doing this invoked heath risk?
Yes, safe.: It is safe to skip a period with both the 21/28 day as well as the 91 day birth control pack without side effects, although you may experience some break through bleeding. Menses while on the pill are not "true menses" but are withdrawal from the pill and give reassurance of not being pregnant. Contraception is good either way. ...Read more
Can I interrupt my placebo week and begin my active pills after one day on the "sugar pills"? I decided I wanted to skip my period.
Continuous OC: You probably will get away with restarting a new pack without bleeding. If you do start to bleed, continue to take the pills. Good luck. ...Read more
If I skip my placebo week, will it make my birth control less effective? Can I not take the placebo pills and just start with a new pack?
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