Post # 1
I recently skipped the week of placebo pills in my birth control pack and started a brand new pack as soon as the old one ended. I know this isn’t the best practice; I was only doing it this one time to avoid having TOM while on my honeymoon next month. As a result, I never had a period this month. Is that what should have happened?!?! I should have consulted my doctor I know, but I didn’t and now am scared to call and ask the doc.
Post # 3
Sounds normal to me. The placebo pills signal your body to have a period. Since you didn’t skip a week of active pills, you didn’t have a period.
Post # 4
If you didn’t quit taking the active pills, you shouldn’t have gotten a period. Your period is signaled to begin when you take the placebos instead of the active pills.
Post # 5
Sometimes you’ll spot but honestly I used to safely do that to relocate my period on occasion. You should be fine! I’ve only done it with monophasic pills though.
My doctor SUGGESTED I do this for a vacation once.
Post # 6
@sal5011: That’s absolutely what should have happened, and doctors’ official stance on skipping placebos is that it’s completely safe! There’s no physiological reason why a woman must have her period. I haven’t had mine in over 4 years! Relax and remember that the option is safe and available in the future 🙂
Post # 7
Yep, that’s what’s supposed to happen. You can take a pregnancy test just to make yourself feel better. I always did that when I was on continuous pills and only had a period every few months.
Post # 8
I go for months taking just active pills, and so sometimes when I take a week off I just get some cramps and maybe ONE pink toilet paper, and that is it. No real bleeding whatsoever. This is totally normal.
Post # 9
I agree with pps if you didn’t take a break between the 2 packs and took the one right after the other you shouldn’t have gotten a period.
Post # 10
Does that mean my period will be heavier and worse cramps next month since I skipped a period this month?
Post # 11
Yea, you won’t get a period if you go straight from one pack to another. I got some spotting when I did that, but otherwise no period.
Post # 12
Everyone’s different. My body goes haywire if I try to skip the placebos and I end up with month long spotting, but I know tons of women that have no problem whatsoever. I think I’m the weird one in this situation though, so don’t let that scare you!
Post # 13
it shouldn’t change your next period, except maybe just a slight shift in when it starts. cramps and bleeding should be the same as usual
Post # 14
Yep, definitely normal. The doctor has told me I can do this for vacations and such.
Post # 15
I skipped a period once this way and I had a 2 week long heavy period. But I also had problems with the pill and taking hormones. I know lots of ladies who do it regularly with no problems.
Post # 16
I work in a pharmacy (future pharmacist here), and that is completely normal. Very similar to say seasonique where placebo tablets are only taken once every three months, using a monthly birth control in the same manner is perfectly ok. I hope this helps!