Post # 1
I just went to the OBGYN today to get started on BC. I have had bad experiences in the past and therefore just didn’t use any….since I am still a virgin and have been waiting until marriage to have sex I didn’t see the need for it. BUT… now that I am about to get married in October I knew I needed to go back on it. The dr. put my on loestrin fe bc of the low estrogen (bc the high dosage was what so horrible before) she said this may be better.
So here comes my problem.
Because of my lack of BC experience, I have no clue when I should start in order to avoid my period on the wedding date or during the honeymoon. http://www.mymonthlycycle.com does not work bc its based off my cycle before the BC.
The dr. said to double up tonight and tomorrow bc I ended my last cycle on Sunday night. The pack comes with 24 active pills and 4 “sugar pills”
What’s worse, is that I am getting married October 10th and if I wasn’t on BC by then I would start the 11th.
Can anyone help me figure it out? Thank you!
Post # 3
I’m not a doctor but I have been told by friends in the medical field that there’s been a lot of research on the fact that you don’t technically need to get a period every month, and that’s just fine. Some BC pills and other BC forms only have you get it every 3 months or not at all. For vacations in the past and for my honeymoon I’m going to skip the sugar pills and start my new pack instead so there is no in between time (period). I’d check with your doctor to confirm. My body doesn’t mind this but it might not work for yours. This may be one option to keep yourself on track till then?
Post # 4
Disclaimer: not a doctor. However, work in health research and know science-type stuff about things.
I find that I can skip about 2 periods (ie. not take the sugar pills and just keep going with the active pills), but anything more than that and I sometimes start to get spotting. Also, if I’m a teeny bit later in the day taking the pill when I have skipped a few sugar cycles, then BAM, hello period.
While no medication is without risk, there is increasing research to suggest that there’s nothing wrong with using the pill to skip periods, and may be beneficial for some people. On my doctor’s advice, I skip up to 3 at a time as a management strategy for iron deficiency anaemic. The way he explained it was like this:
50 years ago, on average, women started menstruating around 15. They had their first child in their early 20s, and breastfed for up to 2 years. Pretty soon after that, it’s likely that they became pregnant again, so that’s another ~33 months without periods. etc etc The only thing that has stayed pretty much the same over time is the age of menopause, which is fairly static. Anyway, so if you add it all up, women now sometimes have up to 50% more periods, or some crazy number like that.
All that is to say, I think you should be fine giving it a month or two so your body can get used to the pills, and then maybe skip a period and see how it goes. Of course, your doctor can probably help you out with this too!