Any Bees take hormonal BC continuously?

posted 4 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I used to do this with minimal issues. I did give myself a break, maybe every 4 or 6 months. But my dr told me there was no reason to have a period every month if on BC. 

If you aren’t happy with what this dr is telling you, maybe seek out a second opinion? You can also look at something like mirena, which completely stops periods in many women (me!). 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I usually take two packets back to back and my doctor confirmed that was fine but I’m pretty sure my pill advises against taking more than 3 back to back. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There isn’t any reason to have your ‘period’ if you don’t want. When they created the pill, the idea of the 7 pill free days was done to give women the reassurance of having a period. 

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I was on BC for years. I would occasionally take back to back packs (if I had an event or vacation and didn’t want my period to come on a certain week) but my OB always advised against skipping every month. I do think it’s good to give your body a break and let it have a cycle, but I don’t know if there’s any medical backing to that. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

There’s no reason to have a pill free week. The new/ emerging evidence shows it isn’t unsafe to take continuously. (My friends is a family planning doctor and goes on all the courses so is very up to date) 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I used to take the seasonique which is a 3 month pill. It cut down to 4 periods a year. But then I’d skip every once in a while. Now I have a hormonal iud which gives me continuous hormone doses for 5 years and stops my periods. I don’t see how an iud is ok but continuous pill usage is not.

Maybe get a second opinion?

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Before my IUD, I would take three 21 day packets back to back, let myself have a week off, and then get the next three pack from the pharmacy. Never had an issue. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - City, State

My doc told me that some people will say it’s bad for your body, but it’s not. I asked her about skipping periods for my wedding and honeymoon and she said it’s totally fine. Like you said, it’s not a real period anyways so it doesn’t matter. I would get a second opinion if you’re worried about it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

You can talk to your doctor about Seasonale or Seasonique. The packs have 3 months of continuous pills and one placebo week. You won’t have to refill your Rx as frequently. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

mcoutinho :  I did this for a couple years before it was a common thing but then had to stop due to issues with not being able to get the additional pills anymore. Then I just recently, like a few months ago, went back in continuous use because I couldn’t deal with PMDD and wanting to watch the world burn every month. My doctor wrote the prescription without any issues. I say find a new doctor, but until then you could always go buy a few extra pill packs seperate from your prescription at a planned parenthood clinic, that’s how I used to do it back in the day.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I skip my placebo week/period for 4 months at a time and never had a problem. I’m on Linessa(essentially tri-cyclen lo) and my doctor whole heartedly supports it too. I’d seek out a second opinion if you’re not satisfied. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I do two months back to back because I find it to be a reliable course for no spotting.

 

Did your gyno provide any further reasoning on the benefits of the placebo week? “Give your body a break from the hormones” sounds like a pretty vague “less medication is better than more medication” sort of reasoning, and I’d want more than that.  

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I haven’t had a withdrawal bleed in years.  The doctors who are knowledgeable support it.  I’ve had an issue with a few doctors in the past but they could never give me a good reason when I asked them.

I find it odd you have to go to the pharmacy for every pack.  Here 3 months of meds at a time is pretty standard.  So 3 packs of pills for those who get a withdrawal bleed and 4 when not.

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