(Closed) Birth Control and Figuring out my Period Cycle!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not a doctor but I have been told by friends in the medical field that there’s been a lot of research on the fact that you don’t technically need to get a period every month, and that’s just fine. Some BC pills and other BC forms only have you get it every 3 months or not at all. For vacations in the past and for my honeymoon I’m going to skip the sugar pills and start my new pack instead so there is no in between time (period). I’d check with your doctor to confirm. My body doesn’t mind this but it might not work for yours. This may be one option to keep yourself on track till then?

Post # 4
303 posts
Helper bee

Disclaimer: not a doctor. However, work in health research and know science-type stuff about things.

I find that I can skip about 2 periods (ie. not take the sugar pills and just keep going with the active pills), but anything more than that and I sometimes start to get spotting. Also, if I’m a teeny bit later in the day taking the pill when I have skipped a few sugar cycles, then BAM, hello period.

While no medication is without risk, there is increasing research to suggest that there’s nothing wrong with using the pill to skip periods, and may be beneficial for some people. On my doctor’s advice, I skip up to 3 at a time as a management strategy for iron deficiency anaemic. The way he explained it was like this:

50 years ago, on average, women started menstruating around 15. They had their first child in their early 20s, and breastfed for up to 2 years. Pretty soon after that, it’s likely that they became pregnant again, so that’s another ~33 months without periods. etc etc The only thing that has stayed pretty much the same over time is the age of menopause, which is fairly static. Anyway, so if you add it all up, women now sometimes have up to 50% more periods, or some crazy number like that.

All that is to say,  I think you should be fine giving it a month or two so your body can get used to the pills, and then maybe skip a period and see how it goes. Of course, your doctor can probably help you out with this too!

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