Post # 1
I’ve been taking Blisovi Fe 1/20 continuously (skipping placebo weeks and just going straight to a new pack, therefore needing to refill my prescription every 3 weeks) for several years. Blisovi is a combination pill. I switched to a new gynocologist last year who wanted to switch me to a different pill. I asked her if I could stay on my current, and she agreed.
I had my yearly exam/pap again today. She asked about my last menstrual cycle, and I reminded her that I’m taking my BC continuously and haven’t had one in a while, aside from some spotting here and there (not often enough to keep track of). She told me that she recommends that I give my body a break from the hormones, every month. She wants me to go back to 21/7. I don’t have any medical reason to make it necessary to skip periods, but it’s so nice and I’ve gotten used to having no periods. It’s really great.
So, my dr. didn’t really give me an option this year. She wrote my new script for normal 4 week refills. I really don’t want to deal with monthly bleeding, unless there is a big health risk to not giving my body a break from the hormones.
Anyone have any experience here? I’m not an expert here, but my last dr. had no problem with continuous BC and I know the monthly bleeding isn’t a real period, anyway.
Tips/experience would be appreciated. Thank you!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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 # 10
Thank you for all of your responses. I’ve been on continuous, never giving my body a break at all, for probably 4-5 years and never had any issues. I tried one of the 3-month versions a few times, but always had lots of spotting/breakthrough bleeding for months at a time.
I think I’ll get a second opinion. Just a pain to make another appointment so soon! Thank you all!
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
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.