I'm looking to change the start date of my birth control pill. Because of circumstances when it was first prescribed for me, I became a Tuesday starter and have been for a few years. I really like this birth control, but the timing works out so that I always end up getting my period on Friday night or Saturday morning, during the last weekend of every month. This sucks. Quite often we are at the lake, visiting family somewhere or finding ourselves with rare free time at home when my period is the most heavy and uncomfortable.
I want to change my start date so that my period starts when it is most convenient for me. Ideally, I would get it on Sunday night or Monday morning - two days later than I would normally get it. So if I usually take my first pill on Tuesday night, then I should start taking my first pill on Thursday night for this to happen, right? My prescription is for Ogestrel, which is a generic of one of the Ortho Tri Cyclens (not sure which).
I know I have read discussions here about moving your start date up or skipping periods by not taking the sugar pills, but I can't find any specific info that has been able to help me. I asked my pharmacist and found myself going around and round with her in a discussion that only proved to me that I knew more about birth control than she did. I called my doctor's office, who more or less replied saying, "We're not sure, but go ahead and try it!"
I'm not comfortable with either of those answers, so I'm turning to the hive mind. AskMetafilter knows more about birth control than anyone I know!
What I want to know is:
- Is my plan sound? If I take all of the normal pills, take Tuesday and Wednesday's sugar pills and then start the new pack on Thursday night, will it effectively move my period back the required two days at the end of this new pack? Here
is an illustration I made of my pill pack to help those who need a visualization.
- With this specific brand of birth control and using this method, can I safely skip all those extra sugar pills and start the new pack on Thursday without having to use alternative protection for the following month of sexual activity?
- What can I expect? Will I skip my period by moving to the new pack so fast? Can I expect the following month to be normal, save for the new schedule?
Thanks in advance, and I'll watch this to clarify things if needed - I know I seem to confuse whomever I ask about this!