(Closed) DIY Seasonale?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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8044 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I do this. I can’t go the full 3 packs without having spotting, though. I usually take 2 packs back to back, have the ‘period’ and then do another 2 packs. I usually plan my time of month around vacations, so sometimes I’ll just do one pack, have the period, and then do 2 packs again.

Normally this works just fine for me. I’ve done it with Yasmin for years, and now I’m on another brand… I think the generic Alesse, and it also works fine. Needs to be a monophasic pill, as you say.

Post # 4
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5668 posts
Bee Keeper

My gyno had me do this to control my terrible cramps for a while (but I didn’t take a break every three months). I had side effects from the specific monophasic pills that we tried but the only one I had related to taking them straight through was breakthrough bleeding, which is common with Seasonale/Seasonique as well. There is no medical reason to have a “period” (which is really withdrawl bleeding) while on the pill. Talk to your gyno about it to figure out the best option. I now take Lo Loestrin Fe and most months I don’t get a period even with having the couple of placebo pills in the pack.

Post # 6
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873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I tried with Nuvaring and kept spotting so I gave up after a few months.  My midwife said it was fine to do though, and really there’s no need to have withdrawl bleeding every 3 months, either.

Post # 7
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3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used to do it all the time, but now I’m back on (generic) Seasonale. It’s just easier to keep track of.

Post # 8
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10508 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

lol DIY Seasonale sounds a little scary.

Yes, I do continuous use with my monophasic BCPs.  I have a withdrawal bleed less often than 3 months (more about 6 months).

Post # 9
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5015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yep, I do this!! I take 3 packs at a time (so it’s 9 weeks) and then take a week off. The only side effect I have is that I don’t get a period anymore, but several doctors have told me it’s very common when doing continuous birth control. I once tried doing 2 packs instead of 3 and my period came and would not go away for like 2 weeks, so I wouldn’t recommend playing around with it too much. This is basically the same thing as Seasonale, but with a lower hormone pill (I take the generic form of Loestrin). I get my prescription for continuous so they give me 3 packs at a time and I’m a happy camper!

Post # 11
Hostess
2557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Look into Lybrel.  It’s a continuous pill (28 per pack) and you go from one pack to the next.  No periods.  I’ve been on it for years and I love it.

But, I bleed very heavily (when not on the pill) and have awful cramps.  My period lasts about 6 days and the first 3 would seriously leave me in bed all day if I had to deal with it.

Post # 12
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5015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@carbear02:  Nope, nothing!! I’ve been on it since January 2008 and have done continuous the whole time. When I first started it, I had breakthrough bleeding the first month but then it went away and I haven’t had any side effects. I started running marathons around the same time I started taking it, so I’ve lost about 15lbs since but obviously it had nothing to do with the pill. It’s such a low dose pill that I don’t think side effects would be a big issue, and if you’ve already taken it, changing to 3 packs at a time shouldn’t cause any problems except maybe breakthrough bleeding. 

Post # 13
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10508 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Oops, I missed the second part.  I have gained weight, but I don’t think it’s related to the pill.  No other side effects.

I wasn’t able to go for 6 months right away.  I was told if I got breakthrough bleed to stop the pills and have a withdrawal bleed.

Post # 14
Hostess
18623 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have done this with a few different types of pills and Nuvaring.  I didn’t have any negative effects with it more than the other effects from the BC.

Post # 15
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2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I do this and have done so for the last few years.  Because of anemia and another medical condition, it was recommended I not have a period (or withdrawl bleed) at all.  I have not noticed any side effects from taking the pills every day.  I think I’ve had maybe 2 or 3 periods in the last 6 years.  I can honestly say I don’t miss them!  

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