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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.
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
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: Yes you can. It is recommended to have atleast 4 periods /year. ...Read more
Want to skip next period. I'm on sprintec. Will skipping placebo week & starting a new pack skip my period? What are chances of breakthrough bleeding
Skipping periods: If you skip all the placebo pills and continue taking hormonal pills from the next pack you should not get a period. There could be breakthrough bleeding, but usually that happens after more than 5-6 weeks of continuous use, some women do not have any breakthrough bleeding for months at a time and skip all their placebo pills - as a treatment for heavy periods, painful periods or endometriosis. ...Read more
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?
Yes: Some women often take 3 months of active pills in a row. So yes OK. All the best. ...Read more
Had light breakthru bleeding 2 weeks before taking placebo pills, on Yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) 5 years, never had BTB. Should I have skipped the placebo pills instead?
Not necessarily: I may not make a big difference wether you skipped the placebo pills or not. Either way you would be protected from conceiving. Break thru bleeding is common on BCP. Things like stress, significant exercise or weight loss can affect the delicate hormonal control of your cycle. If the breakthrough bleeding reoccurs often see your Gyn to be sure no medical problems are causing it to reoccur. ...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
Doc let me switch period on birth control. Bled entire rest of pack. Starting new pack after placebo week. Will breakthrough bleeding stop?
Yes: Yes, it should soon once you start the new pack. ...Read more
Discuss with your OB: You should discuss it with your OB first. When a woman skips the placebo pills the withdrawal bleeding that normally occurs during that time is "skipped" as you continue on birth control. There are some things you should know so talk to your OB/GYN who prescribed the pills first. Good luck. ...Read more
Took generess fe for 3 months, skipped placebo n switched to gildess fe after last active pill. Day 5 of new brand light bleedin?Normal or not working?
Missed last active pill in birth control pack. Started new pack as normal after the inactive pills. Period was normal. Took Plan B . Pregnant?
Period will start on wedding day. Can i skip triphasic ocp placebo and take continuous estrogen/progesterone to prevent period?
While taking birth control pills, is it safe to skip the placebo pill week and just start the next pack?
If I skip the last inactive birth control pill in my pack & start active pills of next pack a day early, am I still protected? Pills still effective?
Yes, protected: Yes, the important pills are the active pills not the placebo pills. The placebo pills are just there to keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day and to allow you to menstruate. In fact, some types of BCPs are now packaged so that active pills are taken for about three months and then you take the placebo pills. ...Read more
Started spotting after 4 placebo pills,took 2 active pills, 1 pill next day, 2 pills the next.How to stop spotting I've had every day. Orthrotricyclen?
Take pills correctly: You don't sound like you are taking your pills as scheduled. Why did you take 2 active pills when you started spotting after 4 inactive pills? I would go back to taking the pills as scheduled. You might have to start a new pack this Sunday and start over. ...Read more
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