(Closed) delaying period on ortho TRIcyclen

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was on ortho-tri-cyclen for 3 years. I skipped my periods a few times by just starting a whole new pack, so 1-2-3-1-2-3 (I did that in June for our wedding) and never had any issues with that. But it may be better to just do the 1-2-3-3-4. Not sure how it would affect you since you’re just starting but I’d just try doing the 1-2-3-3. 

Post # 3
46981 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

ceimi:  Talk with a pharmacist. They are the experts on medications and will gladly provide you with the information you need.

Post # 4
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m no pharmo but I’m on Ortho too. If you try to skip a period by starting a new pack instead of taking the placebos, you’ll probably have break through bleeding (at least, I do).

The best way (for me) to skip a period is to plan ahead and use two packs at a time. Like: Pack 1 Week 1 – Pack 2 Week 1 – Pack 1 Week 2 – Pack 2 Week 2 – Pack 1 Week 3 – Pack 2 Week 3. You can delay for 2months.

Another way to do it if you only want to shift your period by a week: Pack 1 Week 1 – Pack 1 Week 2 – Pack 1 Week 3 – *Pack 2 Week 3 – Placebos (Period)

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  ohnatto.
Post # 5
18636 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve never taken pills that have different levels of hormones in it but if you can find out that you can change the order of thte pills to skip your period, you might want to do it earlier.  Back when I was on the pill, I would change my period time a few months in advance of when I needed to reschedule my period.

Post # 6
5165 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

ceimi:  I tried to skip by just starting the new pack and I ended up delaying my period 1 day and then bleeding for a month straight until that pack ended. It may work if you try a different combination of weeks as PPs have suggested. I have also altered my period start date with a couple months out by just starting the new pack after say 5 days instead of 7. 

Post # 8
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

ceimi:  I started on Ortho Tri-cylen and then switch to Cylen when I wanted to only get 4 periods a year (similar to the pills that are marketed for that such as seasonale). You’re exactly right… to skip your period you should take week 1, 2, 3 and then week 3 of the next pack. The hormones increase with each week, so if you do 1,2,3,1 you will have some spotting. 

Cyclen is just the 3rd week of pills all the time (so the highest does of hormones) so if you do go back to the Dr you could ask for a pack of Cylen, then just continue with that pack.

My Dr told me that as long as you let yourself get your period every 3 months (just in case you accidentally get pregnant then you will find out sooner rather than later) then there is no harm in continuously taking the pills. Of course this is with all the usual risks of bring on the pill such as blood clots etc.

Hope that helps and have fun 😉

Post # 9
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


I was on that birth control pill for years. 

When I wanted to skip my period, I skipped the placebo week and started my new pack.

I found that it was best to do this for at least two cycles before the month you need to skip your period. 

Post # 10
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina

I have been on BCP for years and instead of starting the placebo week you start the new pack as PP said. My doc said it’d okay to do this every other month if you wanted to. I’ve done it plenty of times with no issues. I just skipped my period for the month and got it next month on time.

Post # 11
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina

PS sorry your doctor rushed you. Let us know if you have any other BC pill questions!!

Post # 13
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017

ceimi:  I’m not sure what kind she was on, but my cousin took pills to delay hers for her wedding. I’m on the implant and have no periods at all, so I’m not a big help :/

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