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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

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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Could it be healthy to skip placebo week and start a new pack?

Could it be healthy to skip placebo week and start a new pack?

Yes...ask your doc: Taking Birth Control pills continuously like this won't hurt you in any way. Its sometimes recommended for women who have migraine headaches during their period or other severe period-related symptoms. Most women who do this will eventually start to have some break-through bleeding. Ask you doc if this way of taking birth-control is right for you. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Please advise if it's okay to skip placebo week and start a new pack?

Please advise if it's okay to skip placebo week and start a new pack?

Yes: Yes, many women do this to lessen the total number of 'periods' they have in a year. Some women do very well with this type of schedule and some women have spotting or irregularity doing it. You can try it and see! ...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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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

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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 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?

It is OK - ask GYN!: In consultation with your gynecologist, you may indeed try quarterly periods with continuous birth control pill intake (i.e. Skipping the placebo pills). Do not try this on your own, as it may have adverse consequences without medical supervision. ...Read more

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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?

Probably OK: Many women do have an extended cycle with the pill by doing just what you suggest. It is safe to skip the placebo pills and just not have the period. It is probably a good idea to have a period every three or four months when doing the extended cycle. ...Read more

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1st time user of bc and I want to skip my period, so since I am more prone to spotting, which will be more beneficial: skip placebo or only use half?

1st time user of bc and I want to skip my period, so since I am more prone to spotting, which will be more beneficial: skip placebo or only use half?

Skip period: It will generally work better if you skip the 7 days of placebo and go directly to the next pack. You can do this for up to 3 packs, but on the third pack you should take the placebo pills so you will have a period. You need to have some periods at this age in life to promote the strengthening of your bone to reduce chance of osteoporosis later in life. ...Read more

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Been on cyclafem 6mo, skip placebos & start next pack to skip periods. 1 pill left in this pack and I start a period. No chance of pregnancy. Normal?

Been on cyclafem 6mo, skip placebos & start next pack to skip periods. 1 pill left in this pack and I start a period. No chance of pregnancy. Normal?

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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I am on the pill but have had brown discharge for 4 days. Just finished a pill pack but need to skip placebo pills. Will the brown discharge go away?

Breakthrough bleed: It sounds like this is breakthrough bleeding. Especially on low dose OCPs, sometimes the lining of the uterus becomes unstable and breaks down, causing bleeding. It usually corrects itself, and it does not reduce the birth control aspect of the pill. If it keeps happening, you may need to change pills. ...Read more

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I tried to skip my period by skipping placebos and going straight to new pack but I didn't take new pack til 2days later and then I only bled for 4days?

I tried to skip my period by skipping placebos and going straight to new pack but I didn't take new pack til 2days later and then I only bled for 4days?

Won't work!: Don't experiment with your health. The proper dosage and timing are very important in the function of all medications. Take all of your medications as directed! ...Read more

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Is it safe to skip placebo week and continue with a new birth control pack instead?

Is it safe to skip placebo week and continue with a new birth control pack instead?

See answer: If you know the placebo week, you do not need to take those if that is your question, and simply start a new pack at the day you normally would. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Skipped placebo week to skip period. This month I took the placebos but did not get a period. Neg preg test. Why?

Skipped placebo week to skip period. This month I took the placebos but did not get a period. Neg preg test. Why?

Very thin uterine: Lining. The uterine linings of some women using bcp contraception after skipping period or using extended cycle contraception become so thin that they don’t bleed at all during the week they are suppose to bleed (get their period). If you don’t get a period, check a pregnancy test and if it’s negative, don’t be concerneasd. Just keep taking your birth control. ...Read more

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Took 3 wks of active pills (yaz), skipped placebos 5 days ago to skip my period. Now want to induce period. Can I take placebos after 4 wks of actives?

Took 3 wks of active pills (yaz), skipped placebos 5 days ago to skip my period. Now want to induce period. Can I take placebos after 4 wks of actives?

Yes: If your do an extended cycle with your OCP, the after you have taken at least 21 pills you can stop the active pill at any time to induce a period. After 5 to 7 days you can resume the active pill again. ...Read more

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Would it be safe for a teen to use birth control pills and skip placebos every other month, to get less periods?

Would it be safe for a teen to use birth control pills and skip placebos every other month, to get less periods?

Birth Control: If her periods are regular this is generally safe, however, you would want to check with her prescribing doctor who knows her history and medical conditions before you do this. ...Read more

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Just put on birth control for estrogen therapy, level was undetectable. Why does my rx say to continuously skip placebo week? What would this do?

Just put on birth control for estrogen therapy, level was undetectable. Why does my rx say to continuously skip placebo week? What would this do?

Estrogen: If you are on birth control for estrogen therapy, skipping the placebos will give you a steady dose of estrogen through the month. They want you to start directly with the next pack when you hit the placebos. Having a good level of estrogen at your age can protect your bones.
In other cases, skipping the placebo pills can prevent monthly periods in women who do not want a period every month. ...Read more

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Last period 1/1.Started BC 1/18. Sex on 1/23, condom used @ end. Skipped placebo BC this month to skip cycle, spot on 1/30ish. Could I be pregnant?

Last period 1/1.Started BC 1/18. Sex on 1/23, condom used @ end. Skipped placebo BC this month to skip cycle, spot on 1/30ish. Could I be pregnant?

Yes: You were not on the pill long enough (2 weeks) before having relatively unprotected sex. It is possible that you could have conceived. You should check a pregnancy test. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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

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Is it safe to skip placebo pills on loestrin fe and start a new pack to prevent a monthly period?

Common practice: Birth control pills can be used in this fashion. This is called continuous ocp use and is a common practice for certain situations. ...Read more

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Have bloating, lower back pain, & cramps for 3 weeks now. Usually @ night, but does happen during day. Almost daily. I'm on birth contr & skip placebos?

Have bloating, lower back pain, & cramps for 3 weeks now. Usually @ night, but does happen during day. Almost daily. I'm on birth contr & skip placebos?

GYN exam: Take your BC pills exactly as directed and make an appointment for a full pelvic exam by your GYN. OK to use Aleve (naproxen) or Advil for cramping/bleeding until seen. ...Read more

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Although it will be my first month using birth control can I still skip placebo week to skip my period? What's the best method to prevent from spotting

Yes: If you skip your placebo week pills and go straight into another three weeks of active pills, you will most likely be able to prevent any bleeding. It's not 100% perfect! But it almost always works. You can do this for three cycles in a row if you like, taking 7 placebo pills only after the third "continuous" cycle. ...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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How often can I skip my placebo week (June fe 1/20)? I read that it isn't healthy to do it frequently. How many times a year?

Can always: Some people choose to always skip the placebo pills and take birth control continuously. This is a safe option but you should only do so after being cleared by your treating doctor. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to skip the placebo week of tri-sprintec?

Can you explain if it's safe to skip the placebo week of tri-sprintec?

Usually Safe: Only your own prescribing doctor can tell you for sure in your specific case; however, in general it is safe to skip the placebo week of tri-sprintec. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it okay if I skip my placebo days on birth control?

Is it okay if I skip my placebo days on birth control?

Yep!: Let's say you are on a birth control pill pack where the active pills are peach colored and the placebo pills are green. Take the peach pills for the standard 3 weeks. Just to keep track, though, on the days you're supposed to take the green pills, just push it through the foil into the garbage can. That way, you skip an unnecessary "sugar pill, " but then you know when to start the next pack. ...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