When should I start skipping my period?

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@cuddlz88:  Skipping for too long is actually quite bad for your body. I would go see your prescribing doctor and ask for advice. It also depends on the kind of BC your on and other controlling factors. They may put you on a different one to control the spotting (some I think are better when it comes to skipping)

Or, on a totally different train of thought, could you skip your next one, but only by 2 weeks, then let it happen so you “move” your period by a fortnight? Other bees may have more experience with this.

Just to note; I have skipped before on two different pills. One spotted ever so lightly, the other I had no problem with. I now have an Implanon and spot regularly, but only after about a year – before that I hadn’t had a period since I had it inserted. But my sister skipped her period for more than a month, and she’s never had a normal one since. Just a warning – it CAN happen when messing with your body.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  Skipping for too long is NOT bad for your body; it is perfectly safe to do it as long as it suits the individual.

 

@cuddlz88:  If you get spotting I would advise not skipping any more than you need to, as it is likely that the spotting will increase the longer you prolong your break. I used to skip breaks all the time (to treat endometriosis) and found that once I started spotting (usually after 5 straight packets) it didn’t stop until I had my 1 week break.

Also, if you are on a mono-phasic pill you can have your break at any time provided you have taken at least 21 pills correctly and in a row. Ie, if you are due on your wedding day, you could start taking the next packet, but then have a break after the wedding so that your bleed is out of the way before your honeymoon and you don’t need to skip yet another bleed. I would break mid-packet all the time, once the spotting and cramps got too much, and this is find to do provided as I said you have taken at least 21 pills correctly and in a row, and are on a moni-phasic pill.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@barbie86:  Im sorry Im not a practitioner I was just stating experience. She used pills for months at a time with only a few breaks a year and yes, it DID affect her body afterwards. She was 31 and three kids down the road when she got her first normal cycle. Her doctors did put it down to her use of birth control too, with her hormne makeup and her body’s intolerance it did her over a good one.

Don’t get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with skipping periods now and then, I just wanted to share her experience with LONG periods of being menstruation-free. Better to be safe than sorry, no?

Post # 7
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980 posts
Busy bee

I skip all the time but don’t have trouble with spotting.  It just makes the cramps and everything worse when I go back to not skipping. I think extending the skipping may help your body get used to not having your period. If I were you I’d probably skip twice, so that the second time is your wedding/honeymoon. Just so you can kind of gauge how bad the spotting might be.

Post # 8
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3014 posts
Sugar bee

@FutureMrsHallam:  I have a friend who skipped her period for almost 5 years. Got pregnant within 3 months of going off. It is NOT bad for your body or your fertility. I have seen no clinical data to support that theory of yours. 

Post # 9
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1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mamadingdong:  I never mentioned fertility, firstly. Did I not say she has had three children?

And secondly I repeat it is not a THEORY. I am sharing someones EXPERIENCE and there is no need to get snarky at me for it!

OP doesn’t seem to have a problem with me sharing this information, why do other bee’s?!

Post # 10
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5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  I have an issue because it is incorrect, end of story. Any decent doctor who is up-to-date will tell you that there is NO risk to skipping your breakthrough bleed in this way; likewise, there is no risk to being on methods like the mini-pill or injection where you typically do not get a bleed. It irritates me when people scaremonger in this way, when they are incorrect, as it could put people off doing something that would benefit them, either simply because they find it more convenient not to have a bleed, or because they have a medical reason (as in my case) where having a bleed can be detrimental to their short and long term health.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I’ve stacked packs to skip my periods for up to a year with no problems whatsoever.

If you’ve skipped periods before I’d start sooner rather than later so that you’re not adjusting during your wedding or honeymoon either.

Post # 13
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1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@barbie86:  

@mamadingdong:  

Well, I am ohhh-so-sorry I was told oh-so very damaging information which I thought was helpful to share! I am NOT scaremongering – that indicates I am intentionally telling her that so she will be afraid to do so, which I am not!

There’s no need for the blatant snarkiness to me either. A simple “FuutureMrsHallam, I am sure that information is incorrect.” would SURELY suffice!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

OP- it’s fine to skip one or two. i’ve done it, no bad effects. they make a birth control pill that you only have 3 periods a year. so, i’m pretty sure it’s fine to skip periods by using the pill.

if you’re nervous, i’d ask your doctor. they probably have some insight.

Post # 16
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1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mamadingdong:  Though your second comment was not snarky, the first did come across so to me, especially asserting my comment was some theory I had concocted. Though that last comment was much more in reply to Barbie, obviously.

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