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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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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
Is there an effective way to shorten the span of my period? I tried skipping placebos & going straight to next pack but it didn't work to skip it.
It would work: If you wore on a different pill, or possibly if you gave that pill a 3 month trial. Talk to your doctor about continuous cycling. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
You skip placebos, go straight to next pack, then miss 4th pill, take it asap before 24 hours late, is pregnancy a big worry? Levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel). 15/30
Family practice: Probably low risk. When you accidentally miss a dose double up the next day ...Read more
Yes: Some women often take 3 months of active pills in a row. So yes OK. All the best. ...Read more
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
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
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