Several years ago, I was getting all dolled up before prom when.. oh hi, there's my period. WHO starts period on PROM day?! Bah. Well. fast forward a few years later... I knew something like that couldn't possibly happen on my wedding day. We're less than a month away and the realization just slapped me in the face.. I'm going to start my period ON MY WEDDING DAY. Fabulous. Anywho.. I've read a lot of suggestions about just starting a new pack of pills instead of taking the placebo pills and you will skip your period just like with the pills that let you only have 4 periods a year, but I've seen people saying that you should only do this with certain types of birth control pills. Does anyone know what types it's okay to do this with?
And I know, "talk to a doctor"... but I just realized this today and I'm in a slight panic so I just want to find out if this is doable!
It works best with monophasic pills. It should have the info on the package. If the dose and medication of all the active pills are the same (ignoring the placebo ones of course) then it's simple. It is possible to do it with triphasic, but there are different methods as to how to do it.
Also, the higher the dose the better. If it's a minipill you're more likely to get breakthrough bleeding.
Mostly I'm just bumping this so someone more knowledgeable can see it, but I'm pretty sure you can just skip the placebo pills and just start the new pack. But of course, talk to your doctor.
@AB Bride: I disagree with higher dose being better. I was on a three month stacking pill regiment (Seasonique/Jolessa) and those are high dosage pills. I had breakthrough bleeding for a month.
it really is completely unique to the woman taking the dosage.
I dont know what kind you take, but last year we went on a cruise and I was suppose to be on my period the whole time. Who wants that on a vacation? no one...so i started a new pack right away and totally skipped it :) ask your dr but im sure it will be fine.
Definitely start the new pack right away! Although you are likely to spot later on in your cycle, you will most likely be just fine the day of your wedding. I've only skipped my period a handful of times, and I use Ortho-Cept which is a combo pill with both estrogen and progestin. I tend to be very finicky with my cycle and spot easily, and I've never had a problem right away when I started a new pack, or it might not catch up with me until the next month. Bottom line: you'll likely spot, and it may continue for a month or so after your wedding, but isn't it worth it? I think so! Best of luck to you. :)
@AB Bride: +1
It's best to do it with a monophasic so that you don't end up with breakthrough bleeding, or spotting. You're likely to end up with spotting if you have a tri-phasic pill. I accidentally ended up stacking my pills once, and I had spotting for about a week and a half. It really all depends on you and your body.
@strawbs: My doctor told me that pills with a higher dose work better for continuous use.
If you're taking the pill, you can just keep taking them to skip your period. As far as I know, you can do it with any kind. I did it for my wedding (and many times before) and it works like charm.
I wouldn't do it all the time, just for when you need to skip it, otherwise you can end up break-through bleeding.
My pill was Alesse
I take a low dose bc and I have no problem skipping my period! Just make sure you start your new pack right away!
@AB Bride: cool. It didn't work for me, and for a friend of mine too. like I said, it's unique to the woman taking the dosage. that's why you can't really take a friend's pill recommendation because what works for her may not work for you.
So, I did this and it was successful. No period on the wedding day and I never had any spotting. Once I finished that pack I went back to the normal active/inactive schedule, however, I haven't gotten my period yet! Anyone who has done this, when did yours start again? I got all the pms symptoms and I knew I was about to start (usually the 4th day into inactive pills) but it never happened. I'm getting worried!
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