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What are the disadvantages, if any, to taking the continuous or extended dose birth control pill?
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Dr. Lisa Jackson-moore
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Usually advantageous
Continous oral contraceptive use is associated with less bleeding over time than 21/7 oc regimens.
Other noncontraceptive benefits include less pms-like symptoms i.e., pain and bloating. Women who suffer with menstrual migraines may have less frequent headaches. A continuous or extended oc regimen is ideal for women who have prolonged menses as well.

In brief: Usually advantageous
Continous oral contraceptive use is associated with less bleeding over time than 21/7 oc regimens.
Other noncontraceptive benefits include less pms-like symptoms i.e., pain and bloating. Women who suffer with menstrual migraines may have less frequent headaches. A continuous or extended oc regimen is ideal for women who have prolonged menses as well.
Dr. Lisa Jackson-moore
Dr. Lisa Jackson-moore
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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Irregular bleeding
The most common side effect of extended/continuous birth control pills is unpredictable, irregular bleeding.
It's not entirely clear why it happens, nor exactly clear how to treat or prevent it. Almost everyone has irregular bleeding at least at first with continuous pills.

In brief: Irregular bleeding
The most common side effect of extended/continuous birth control pills is unpredictable, irregular bleeding.
It's not entirely clear why it happens, nor exactly clear how to treat or prevent it. Almost everyone has irregular bleeding at least at first with continuous pills.
Dr. Paula Hillard
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