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Are there any risks with skipping your period through birthcontrol (ie taking active pills only)?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Going off schedule

The placebo pills have no hormones in them, so it's ok to skip them. However, a pack of pills is for 4 weeks, not a calendar month.
There are 13 packs used each year, not 12. If a woman can stay on schedule even if she skips the placebo pills, then it would be ok for her to skip them. For most women, it is easier to take one pill a day and not think about when to start the next pack of pills.

In brief: Going off schedule

The placebo pills have no hormones in them, so it's ok to skip them. However, a pack of pills is for 4 weeks, not a calendar month.
There are 13 packs used each year, not 12. If a woman can stay on schedule even if she skips the placebo pills, then it would be ok for her to skip them. For most women, it is easier to take one pill a day and not think about when to start the next pack of pills.
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Dr. Michael Flax
But there are no real risks. you can eliminate your periods by taking the active pills and then starting a new pack.
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