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Can I skip the last week of my estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone)?

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Dr. Carolyn Quist
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In brief: Yes and no

The last week of the pack of pills contains iron pills.
They are there to help prevent iron deficiency anemia and to keep you on a regular schedule. You do not have to take them but you must then remember to skip a whole week before you start a new pack. Estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) is not a pill that you can do continuously to avoid a period, unlike some pills where that is ok.

In brief: Yes and no

The last week of the pack of pills contains iron pills.
They are there to help prevent iron deficiency anemia and to keep you on a regular schedule. You do not have to take them but you must then remember to skip a whole week before you start a new pack. Estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) is not a pill that you can do continuously to avoid a period, unlike some pills where that is ok.
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