skipping period with skipping "sugar pills" birth control

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: should i skip sugar pills?
    yes, i have done it and it works (please share experience!) : (97 votes)
    87 %
    no way, thats unhealthy : (5 votes)
    4 %
    it wont work : (4 votes)
    4 %
    no, i did it and had side affects. not worth it : (4 votes)
    4 %
    I have another idea! : (0 votes)
    I love periods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5002 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I do it all the time! Go ahead and try – at worst, you’ll get some spotting because you’re body will be like wtf?

    I do it for usually 2 months at a time, then I’ll stop taking my pills and do a placebo week because my body will start spotting if I don’t. But it’s great! I havent had a period on a weekend in years! (I always stop them on Saturday and get my period on Monday by 6 am and over by Friday!)

    Post # 4
    Member
    8701 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’ve done it. No harm no foul, my body is perfectly okay and there’s no harm in skipping your period, it isn’t necessary.

    Post # 5
    Member
    3598 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve done it before, but doing that has always made my face break out.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1788 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Totally safe, will work, shouldn’t have any side effects that you wouldn’t already have from regular use of the pill. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    2355 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’ve done it; and it’s staved off my period for a little while (maybe 2 weeks at most) and then made me bleed like crazy. It didn’t really work for me.

    Post # 8
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    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @bestbuddies:  Yes it’s safe. There’s no medical reason to have a period while on the pill. It’s not even a real period… it’s a “withdrawal bleed” (sexy, I know).

     

    I take 2 packs back to back. If I do 3 straight, I generally get spotting. I always plan my time of month around vacations!

     

    I don’t even do sugar pills.. I just ask for the 21 packs and then just finish pack Sat night, and start new pack the next Sunday (if I am taking a break between packs).

     

    Post # 9
    Member
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I don’t use pills, but I did have the Nuva Ring and would do this by inserting a fresh one instead of having an off week. Worked out fine for me! 

    Post # 10
    Member
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Just to add.. make sure your pills are all the same hormones throughout (like not a Tri-cyclen) or else it probably won’t work.

    Post # 11
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    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @bestbuddies:  I set my wedding date around my period too 🙂

    If you are on a triphasic pill, take the pills backwards to try and minimize spotting. If you just jump into a new pack, the hormone shift could cause spotting. I accidentally stacked (skipped placebo week) my pills once and the spotting was horrible.

    Post # 12
    Member
    10487 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I only get a few a year now and love it!  It takes a while to build up to that though, you may get some spotting after a few days.

     

    Post # 13
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    2076 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Make sure your pill is monophasic (ie, same hormone level throughout the pack). 

    I skip the sugar pills every month and have not had a period in years.  I do this because I’m anemic due to a genetic disorde.  My OB has told me that there is no medical reason why a woman on the pill needs to have a withdrawal bleed every month. Some women get worried they’re pregnant without a monthly period, but I’m not one of them. No periods=bliss!

    I’ve not gained any weight, my face dioesnt’t break out.  No other strange side effects. 

    Post # 14
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    8821 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I’ve done it, we had a trip to Cuba and it was the one time I did it. Nothing bad happened, just skipped a period. Doctor said it’s safe, I’ve had friends who’s doctors recommended it.

    Post # 15
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    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    If I took pills, I’d definitely do it! I was on depo for a few years and then I’ve been on Implanon going on 3. The only time I’ve had a period is the one month when I switched from depo to implanon. When I have periods again, I’m not going to know what to do!

    Post # 16
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    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think everyone’s body is different, but I skip it all the time, unless I have to plan around something I have a period every 4 packs, so every 3 months. I’ve tried to go longer and the only thing that happened was I had spotting, my body was like nope, girl you need to have your period. I do think my emotions are a bit more affected by my hormones when I have it than they used to be, but I don’t even consider that a side effect. Having a period every 3 months is perfectly safe for most people, there’s a reason the FDA approved Seasonique!

     

    One thing I might check though is if your birth control is monophasic (same amount each week in the pack) or triphasic (each week has a different amount). I feel like skipping periods works better with monophasic, because it’s just all at the same level any ways, but I have absolutely nothing to support or refute that idea.

    ETA: Lol, looks like my hypothesis was right!

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