Post # 1
I don’t mean to get too personal with you but here is my question. This week is the period before my period. This means my breasts swell like another cup size (I hate it because they feel enormous) and it also means that I will get my period soon toward the end of the week or sometime next week. My period is pretty light and only lasts for a few days.
Thinking about this driving home yesterday, I was like…OH CRAPOLLA! I’m going to have my period for my wedding and/or honeymoon at the end of October.
I’ve heard if I just continue to take the pill (start the next pack) when I’m to be on the sugar pill (that I don’t take anyway) that I won’t get my period when I’m supposed to that it will push it back???
Is this correct?
Post # 3
I should have noted that I don’t really want my breasts to be all swollen with my dress. It would be quite uncomfortable and I’m afraid might not look to nice.
Post # 4
yes and no…depends on the person… I take 3 packs of pill in a row (and ignore the sugar pills), and then after the 3rd pack, I allow my period to come on… I have been doing this for a year… usually by my 3rd pack of pills, I have some spotting or early bleeding… so the answer is yes- start your next pack of pills & ignore the sugar pills… your body might react to them by spotting, but it may not. I would also put a call into your gyn
GOOD LUCK !!!
Post # 5
Yes, that typically does work, but you could still get some spotting! I would try to check with your doctor just to be sure though.
Post # 6
Yes that is correct, my SO was the one that told me to do this btw. I was on my third week when I started the new pack because I did not want to take any chances on my vacation to Jamaica. I would start the new pack with the day you are on now to make sure there are no mishaps.
Post # 7
Yes this is true. The pill works by tricking your body into thinking it is already pregnant so you won’t get pregnant. And the white pills serve as a break from the hormone treatment to allow your body to cycle. If you skip the white pills in between two sets of BC pills, you will most likely not get pregnant. On the down side, it screws with your cycle and can make you super emotional. But if the pros outweigh the cons in this situation, then I say go for it! I have a fiend that does it all the time. But I don’t think it would be safe to recommend doing it every month. Although, I am clearly not a doctor, so you may want to call yours and get the officially low down on the situation. 🙂
Post # 8
Yes that is correct – note though that there is a chance of spotting around the time when you would have normally had your period, but I have never had that happen to me. I just went from one pack to the other, skipping the sugar pills, and had no problems. You can then just finish your next pack and then you will get your period on the “sugar pill” week as per usual. It should also be noted that this is usually recommended for mono phasic pills (or ones that have the same dose for all three weeks as opposed to increasing in dose as you make you way through your pack). You should talk to your doctor though to get all the facts about the type of pill you are specifically using.
Post # 9
When I was on the pill I did this a few times (usually during a trip out of the country). My OB-GYN actually told me this was perfectly fine to do. You may get some spotting (I never had any), but it will be nothing like a regular period.
Post # 10
I think it’s absolutely safe to do this for your wedding, and I’m going to do it too! I was told by a gynecologist friend that there is no medical reason for a woman who’s not trying to get pregnant to have her period. This gyno regularly recommends taking those bc pills that allow you to skip your period every 4 months – or to simply take regular ones straight through so you never have them. I personally would feel uncomfortable not having one every month because I want to know what’s going on down there, and I feel like it’s unnatural/unhealthy to force your body to skip. HOWEVER, for this one time only special occasion, I think it’s fine!
Post # 11
Mine was scheduled to start the day after our wedding (day before our honeymoon) so I started the next pack of pills (skipped the placebo week) and it worked for the first few days, but then half-way thru the honeymoon I spotted/bled lightly at times for the next few days. It was still MUCH better than having my period! It works for some and for others (like me) you may have spotting, but it sure beats the alternative!
Post # 12
It depends on the type of pill. Is it a triphasic (different color each week corresponding to different hormone levels)? Then (I think) you can’t. But if it is a pill that is a constant hormone level all month, you should be able to. *But* since it is your first month doing so, you may have breakthrough spotting.
Post # 13
@crayfish – My pills are the same color each week.
Okay…now what if I only do this for a month, am I able to go back to the way I’ve been taking it?
And no worries, as I have my annual appt. next week.
I appreciate your input!
Post # 15
@stephinPA: Yep, you can just go back to taking it normally afterwards!