Post # 1
Has anyone ever done this? (The following paragraphs could contain a little TMI. Sorry!)
Last night I finished the first week of my pack this month, and I’m wanting to skip (or at least delay) my next one which is scheduled to start on July 10. We’re going camping/canoeing this weekend and I really don’t want to deal with it while out camping, and I generally feel like crap on the saturday after I start and I want to be able to enjoy the weekend, not be balled up in the tent in pain!
The last time I did this I started a new pack immediately after I ended a pack. I ended up spotting about a week after I started the new pack, and spotted on and off until I got a period at the end of that pack. So basically I was just able to delay it, and then had to deal with a lot more bleeding than normal.
I’ve read somewhere before that to skip on Ortho Lo you should take two weeks of the white pills in row, two weeks of the light blue pills in a row, and then two weeks of the dark blue pills in a row. (This would take up two packs). I’m scared to do this though, I’m a little concerned that it might mess with the effectiveness… anyone know?
Post # 3
You should talk to your doctor!
It’s pretty common for low dosage bc pills to cause spotting & to slightly delay your period. If you plan on skipping your period on a regular basis I would suggest going on a higher dosage bc.
Post # 4
I’ve tried it too, but I had spotting, which is more annoying to me than an actual period. And who knows, it could mess with the effectiveness, like you said.
I think if you try to skip a period, you should be taking pills that are the same dosage every day – not tri-cyclen with its different hormone levels each week.
Post # 5
yeah – I’m glad to hear that other people have the problem too. does anyone know if high dosage pills help with cramping, etc more than low dosage pills? I thought the pill was supposed to help with that but mine doesn’t seem to be helping at all!
Post # 6
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a higher dosage is supposed to help cramping more — I have endometriosis and was on Lo with basically no change in the pain, so I switched to the higher dose with moderate success. also, starting a day or two before your period starts, take advil/ibuprofen.