(Closed) Birth Control Woes

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

How consistent are you at taking your pill at the exact same time each day? I used to experience spotting when I would take my pill at off times. Like one day I would take it at 10am. The next day, 12:30… I got back on track to avoid spotting and make sure I was getting the most effective coverage. 

Post # 5
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I take Lutera and don’t have that problem… But I just do the standard take the active pill for 21 days, then the less active placebo and have my period each month. 

Being really consistent helps a lot. I seriously have an alarm set for the same time every day (with the alarm being “NO BABIES!”). Every once in awhile I take it a little later and that is when I notice I have more side effects.

Post # 6
9818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was on just the normal BCP and they tell you that you can skip the sugar pills and just start a new pack if you want to skip your period but my body didn’t really work that way.  I would usually get breakthrough bleeding at some point if I tried to do that.  So it was easier for me just to go with the sugar pills and get my period.  It’s just the way my body is.  Some people don’t have a problem but breakthrough bleeding is pretty common.

I’m not familiar with Lutera though.

Post # 8
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have been on BC continuously for years and occasionally by body will do that and start spotting for no reason.  Some people’s bodies just don’t do well with extended pill cycles.

Post # 10
10644 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I go for quite a while between withdrawal bleeds, but I worked up to it.  I also had issues with break through bleeding randomly before taking them continously that lasted a few months, and I had been on them for well over 5 years then.  I’d talk to your doctor first, but maybe you’d be better off going for 2 typical packs (42 days) or something shorter.

Post # 11
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yea, I wouldn’t worry that there is something wrong with you, it just seems like your body doesn’t like skipping periods.  I have the same problem – I’m on seasonique which is 3 months in a row of birth control. I can make it maybe 2 months until I start breakthrough bleeding. So I just have learned to take it for about 8 weeks and then stop for a week.  When I was first taking it I just kept taking the pill through the spotting and it wouldn’t stop for weeks! This way I still don’t have a period every month/I have more control over when my period is (I have used it many times to make sure that I didn’t have a period on vaca/for my wedding and now for our upcoming delayed honeymoon).


That being said, I just picked up what will be my last hormonal BC EVER I hope, as I will be going off after the honeymoon in January! I am pretty psyched and needed to share 🙂

ETA: I second the phone alarm.  Mine is called NPB (No baby pills!)


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