How healthy is it to skip the placebo week of birth control and start a brand new pack instead?

Doesn't matter. The bleeding that happens in between packs of birth control pills is what is called a withdrawal bleed, and it only happens because of the break in hormones, not because it is necessary. The pills themselves cause the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, to thin out, and so there is relatively little endometrium present and no need to empty or clean the uterus.

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If I just had sex but forgot its time for my placebo birth control week, could I skip my placebo week and start a new pack? My brand is zovia.

Many do. Some patients prefer not to take the placebo week pills. As long as you follow the directions taking one pill per day during the 21 days and restart the next pack no more than 7 days late the pills will be effective. It is easier to just take the pills as the come in the pack so you don't have to keep up with it. Better yet- consider an even easier more effective option such as an IUD or Nexplanon. Read more...

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...

If I skip my placebo week, will it make my birth control less effective? Can I not take the placebo pills and just start with a new pack?

Pills still work. Placebo pillls are there to keep one on a daily routine of remembering to always take the pill. Skipping the placebo pills with not make the birth control less effective. Yes, you can start a new pack of pills right away. Read more...

Is it safe to skip your placebo week and just start a new pack while on 28 day birth control? And if it is, how many months would this be safe for?

Yes. It is reasonable to skip the placebo week. There are pills specifically designed to do this, as well (Seasonale, Seasonique). There isn't a true limit as to how long you can do this, but irregular bleeding sometimes occurs. Read more...

Why does my obygn dr not want me to skip the placebo week and go straight to the active pills in my birth control packs to avoid getting periods?

Depends. Skipping periods is generally okay for most people, however you cannot skip them forever. Women who skip periods may still experience cramping and spotting during the week they would normally have a period. There are specific types of birth control designed for skipping periods; these may be a better option for you. Read more...
The pill brand. Some brands like tricyclics are not amenable to pill free intervals. Read more...
To skip cycle. By staying on the active pills you will eventually quit having bleeding because the lining of the womb becomes very thin. This helps prevent cramping, blood loss, and ultimately saves you $ at the tampon aisle! Read more...

Are there any side effects to skipping one period by taking a new pack of birth control & skipping the placebo week?

Low risk. Very few side effects expected. Possibly some spotting but that should be it. In general, there's nothing wrong with continuing to take active pills and skipping over the placebo pills. Every three months or so you should let yourself menstruate by either stopping the active pills or taking the placebo pills. Read more...

Been on birth control over a year. Starting new pack today after placebo week. Protected?

Yes. usually protected after you have been on it for about 2-3 weeks. Protected from unwanted pregnancy but not from STI (sexually transmitted infections). So be sure to ALWAYS use a condom. Read more...