Post # 1
I may just end up calling the nurse at my obgyn, but I wanted to try something a little more anonymous first!
I have been on the pill for about 5 months now, and luckily I have found one that is inexpensive and doesn’t wreck my body/mind. It’s a 21 day pill. I know if you miss more than one pill in a row they reccomend that you use backup, but what about the 7 days between pill packs? Do we have to use something else during that time? One of FI’s good friends told him that if you use the pill every day during the cycle it will be effective through that last week.
We aren’t having sex yet, and the last thing we want is to get pregnant within the first few weeks of getting married!
Post # 3
no no, that last row of pills are called the placebo pills, they lack horomoes to allow you to get your period. No backup is necessary during that time even if you dont get your period (it needs to regulate the first few months)
your friend is right – it IS effective during those 7 days because typically (not always) fertilization takes place several days (up to 2 weeks) prior to that week. I was on the pill for YEARS and was always fine. Im not saying there isnt a teeny tiny chance (like always) but no need for backup during that time
Post # 4
I’m not on the 28 day pill, so I take 3 weeks and then wait a week before starting a new pack. But it sounds like you’re saying it doesn’t matter, because it is still effective?
Post # 5
MissRain: All pills are essentially 21 day pills. The last seven pills in the pack are just sugar pills, also called “reminder pills”. These are so that you remain in the habit of taking the pill everyday and you don’t forget to start back up again.
One tip on taking BC pills is try to take them at the same time every day. A time that’s easy for you…doesn’t matter when. I set an alarm on my phone to take them at 10pm every night.
Post # 6
Yes. That is what KellyV said. During that week that you don’t take the pills, it is still effective.
What the pill does, is it fakes your body into thinking you’re already pregnant so that an egg is not released from your ovaries. So during that week without any pills, you’re supposed to have your period, which is the time about a week AFTER the egg would have been released anyways. So you’re covered 🙂
Post # 7
@missrain, that’s very much like how Nuvaring worked. I’d have an insert ring for 3 weeks, take it out, then put it in for 3 more weeks. If I missed my insertion day by one day, though, I wasn’t “covered”. Theoretically you are safe during that 1 week because you typically are on your period and even if you aren’t, that is the week you shouldn’t have an egg ready for fertilization. Technically if you aren’t fully regulated you COULD get pregnant though. But if you’er on the pill for a few months pre-wedding, you should be just fine because your hormones will be forced into their proper time periods.
You could just take your packs back to back and not have periods. It’s so lovely that way =]
Post # 8
MissRain – still effective. Im on the same type
Post # 9
The 28 day pack is essentially the same as the 21 day pack. With the 28 day packs, you just get 7 “placebo” pills like @KellyV mentioned… these are just to help you remember to take a pill everyday. I am on the 28 day pack and I never even take the placebo pills, I just throw them out. But to answer your question, yes you are “protected” from pregnancy during those 7 days. The pill prevents you from ovulating– that’s how it prevents pregnancy. The “period” you experience during the 7 days of pill withdrawal is a “pseudo-period” where your uterine lining is being sloughed off. There is no egg ovulated, so there is no chance for you to get pregnant.
Hope that helps and makes sense! 🙂
Post # 10
thanks, ladies! That is great news! And all without having the awkward call to the nurse (I’m not good on the phone).
Post # 11
I have been on the pill for a number of years now. I am on the 28 day pills but My doctor told me as “hotchildinthecity” said that the last row are reminder pills. They aren’t neccessary to really take. I have skipped my last row for many years and have been fine. I also take mine at the same time @ 10 pm every night. Sometimes around nine if i go to bed earlier. The only thing i found with taking at night is that when i first started on the pill my stomach would hurt in the morning. I would suggest eating somthing if you take it before bed.
Post # 12
I take mine at noon everyday, and like someone else said, i have a reminder on my phone. I haven’t had any physicial trouble with the pill I am on, but with the first one I tried I would get real lightheaded and weird for the first week
Post # 13
The manufacturers say that yes, that last week of placebo pills or ‘reminder’ pills you should be fine without any back up. However, like everything else… nothing is 100% fool proof (but they do say that only like 1 out of 100 gets pregnant that way or something like that). If you are really worried about it, you could always use condoms that week, otherwise you should be fine. 🙂 Congrats!
Post # 14
Ooh. Okay, can I add a question?
I am not yet on a pill but recently my period has kind of moved to later in the month. Now, instead of my beginning of the month cycle it begins on/around the seventh.
Well…I’m getting married Nov. 7. Is it too late to get this straightened out with medication? IUD? What do I do? Help girls…my soon-to-be will not be happy with this and I don’t want to be bloated and nuts on my wedding day.
So sorry to steal the post…
Post # 15
One thing you can do if you are on the pill is just skip the placebo pills and start a new pack. That is how Seasonale works. It keeps you from getting your period by keeping the hormone level the same. I’m on Nuvaring and my dr. told me that instead of taking out the ring the 4th week, there is enough hormone to keep you from getting pregnant for one more week. So sometimes I do 4weeks with it in, and then I take it out the 5th week. it works well for vacations…..weddings…… 🙂 Technically you could just insert a new ring, but I like to get my period as a friendly reminder that I am not pregnant. Depo can help you get rid of your period, but it takes a few months to regulate so you may not have enough time. I would say if you are really worried talk to your dr about getting birth control pills or Nuvaring.
Post # 16
Just a quick reminder that some types of pill – progestin-only pills with no estrogen, or the types that minimize your period frequency – do not have inactive/placebo pills, so you must take every pill. Make sure to check the guidelines that were given to you along with the pill pack, or ask your pharmacist, before you skip any!