Skipping periods on birth control
February 22, 2008 6:31 AM Subscribe
Skipping periods on birth control - how does it work, and why didn't it when I tried?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I took a pack of birth control pills (21) as usual, and decided to move straight on to the next pack without taking 7 days off for my period. (I did this because I wanted to not have my period for Valentine's day.) I should also mention that the first pack of pills was also my initial month (have been on birth control in the past, but just started again). I didn't pause before starting the 2nd pack, but plan to stop for 7 days before the next pack, as per the instructions.
I thought this was ok, but a couple days into the new pack, I started to bleed - not full menstrual strength, but some spotting. This has been going on for about a week, and seems to be slowing down. So, it looks like I had a very light period anyway, despite my attempt to use birth control to skip it this month. Why did this happen? Is there anything wrong with what I did? What if I continue to have spotting for a long time?
In general, how should one go about using birth control to skip periods, and how often is it okay to do this? Why did I not succeed in doing this?
One more question: is the 7-day placebo/no-pill period flexible? Can I stop the pills for fewer than 7 days? Since my packs don't contain placebo pills, I'm worried that I will forget to start again after 7 days' break. If I decide to start taking pills again after 3 or 4 days and do this long term, is there any negative affect?
Lastly, does any of this affect the contraceptive protection I am getting? I would assume not, but better safe than sorry...