Post # 1
I’ve never really tracked my cycle (I know, bad.) so I started tracking several months ago. My average is 22 days between periods. If my counting and estimations are correct, I am due to get my period the day before my wedding. I’m definitely not okay with that. I would, ideally, like to push it about 2 weeks before my wedding so I don’t even have to worry about it or the breakouts that come with it. I have approx. 4 months until my wedding. I am on BC (Yazz) which is a 24 active pink pills and 4 white inactive pills that are taken during my period.
Does anyone know how to safely move my period up two weeks over the next 4 months? Can I do this on my own, or do I need to see a doctor for this? How do I do it? Do I skip the white pills? How far back would that move me? Any side effects (spotting, cramping, super heavy periods, etc.) that could come with it?
Post # 3
You can do this two ways:
Take it right through (don’t take the white pills) for 2 cycles. I wouldn’t do this consecutively if you don’t have to.
Or my preferred method – stop taking the pills a week early – have your period and then continue as normal. You would have to do this twice in order to move it two weeks.
I suggest planning it out with a calender to make sure it works out for you!
I have never talked to a doctor about it but I know many people who do it and none of us have ever had problems with it!
Post # 4
I would read the leaflet that comes with the pill carefully, then if you need reassurance check with your pharmacist. I’m on a 21 day pill, with 7 pill-free days for my period. I ran two packs together last month, because I would have had my period for my birthday (17th July). I’m just finishing my period today, after the two packs run together, and there were no problems whatsoever.
I would imagine you could prob run a few packs together with no harm anyway. You’re tryin to get it back to say the 7th of Oct, right? So that’s what, 3 months? I’m not sure if you could grab two whole weeks back, though.
Post # 5
I’m not a doctor, but I’ve heard from many friends and a RN that you can just keep taking your pills (skip the sugar pill week) and just not have your period. Personally, I think it is just healthier to have a period, but from what I’ve heard, not having a period is not unhealthy. I would just check with your doctor just to make sure and he/she will let you know what can be done.
Post # 6
Thanks for your replies. I’m a little confused still though. So, can I ask a few questions?
If I DON’T take those 4 white sugar pills, I won’t get my period at all that month. Is that correct? So if I run 2 packs together (that would be skipping the white ones, right), then I just wouldn’t have a period, but how would that help me move it back?
Future Mrs. Martin – What do you mean by stop taking the pills a week early? Like take 7 less active pills and then take the white pills still right away instead of the pink ones?
Sorry, guys. Your advice is great, but I’m just not very knowledgable about pill packs and want to make sure i understand.
Post # 7
Ladies, this is not my typical venue for answering medical questions but as an avid WeddingBee follower, recent bride, and a female physician (shockingly found time to plan a wedding, LOL), i felt obliged to answer some of your questions.
It is OK to not have your period every month. In fact, I only have my period 4 times/year (liberating), as in I have my period every 3 months. As an anesthesiogist, I am usually stuck in the operating room and don’t have the luxury to run to the ladies’. Half the female doctors at work do not get monthly periods…it’s a trade secret.
so rawrkitty: skip your placebos the last week of your last refill before your wedding and go on to the next refill. So Go from the end of week 3 to the beginning of week 1. You can message me if you have any questions =o)
For those that want to learn a little medicine, keep reading…
Birth control pills were historically designed by men, whom by convention thought it was “unnatural” for a woman to not have monthly periods. When you’re on the traditional pill, the last week is placebo just so you take something everyday and not forget to restart the next pack.
The pill prevents you from ever ovulating, that’s why it works. Your natural period occurs when the lining of your uterus sheds to get rid of your egg. On the pill, since there’s no egg, there’s no need to shed the lining!
In fact, this is the premise for Seasonique, which I am on just so I can avoid the hassle of even having to get refills (cuz I don’t have time).
There you have it, straight from a real doctor. I am NOT discouraging anyone from seeing their doctor…unless they’re a 95 year old man who still believes in women having the monthly.
Post # 8
Thanks MauiBrideMD! Always good to learn something new!
So I shouldn’t have to worry about messing with my pill packs until the last pack before the wedding. If I skip the white pills at that time, I should also skip my period that would be right around wedding time, AND it is still effective so I won’t get pregnant. Is that right?
Post # 9
I would skip a row of pills now so that you are past the spotting by the time of your wedding and you are relatively stable. Then you will just be on the normal schedules from now on.
Post # 10
@rawrkitty1022: skipping the white pills can cause you to skip your period or you may spot AND it is still effective. i don’t know if i misread one of the previous posts, but ALWAYS take ALL 24 active pills or you may not be fully protected!
Post # 11
@rawrkitty: right, so skip the white pills in the last week which is around the time of your wedding. Even if you spot, it won’t be until after the wedding cuz you don’t usually start spotting right away. Then continue through your next pack and if you want to start your periods again, you just take it as directed. You would just have moved your period up one week. if you take the active pills continuously, you should not get pregnant. BTW, your insurance company might not pay for your next pack since you would be refilling one week early. If that’s the case either pay out of pocket, or tell the pharmacy you lost your last pack.
Post # 12
this advice is great but still schedule time with your GYN
Post # 13
It is safe to not take the white pills… I would skip them for the wedding and immediately start on a new pill pack. I have done this before without complications.