Taking more than 7 days between birth control packs - ?
August 10, 2014 9:11 PM Subscribe
I just realized that I'll be starting my period a few days after the start of our vacation we have scheduled in a couple of months (ugh). I'm taking hormonal birth control and wondering what the best way is to basically adjust my cycle so that I can start my period about four days later than I'm currently scheduled to.
posted by skycrashesdown to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
I'm taking Cyclafem right now and I have two more periods before the one I'll be starting on vacation. I'm wondering if the easiest thing to do is just make the period week between pill packs 9 days instead of 7? What I can't seem to figure out is if I need to use a back-up form of contraception, and if so for how long. (Obviously I'll err on safety's side.) The instructions for Cyclafem
say that if you've missed two pills during your first two weeks that you only need to use a back-up method for seven days, but that presumes that you're taking two pills a day for two days to make up for the time you missed.
A friend suggested just skipping the period week and going right into the next pack of pills, but I don't think that will work for me - my period is so eager to arrive that it sometimes shows up on the last day of week three (also ugh).
Any other thoughts? Does anyone have concrete information about the need for use of back-up methods that I just can't find? Thanks!