Post # 1
Hey all! I’m 22 years never taken birth control before and and just went to a doctors appointment to get set up with birth control pills earlier this week. The appointment felt kind of rushed/cold with the NP. She didnt inform me of much other then asking me basic health questions then leaving the room saying she would be back with my pills. I had a few questions but she never gave me a chance to ask them before she already prescribed the birth control pills(I didnt even know what kind she gave me until I got home and read the label!). As she gave me the pills I told her that I wanted to be able to skip or atleast delay my period in january when I would be getting married, her reply to that was “oh you cant do with those pills, come back closer to that date.” And that was it, she kicked me out of the exam room and had me on my way with no specifics about when I should come back. Now I’m leaving to Canada in less then a month, and will be having my wedding on jan 9th, with the honeymoon starting the 9-11th(were doing a courthouse wedding and staying at a nice suite hotel nearby home), and did the counting only to find out that I should be starting my period 2 days before my honeymoon. Is there anyway to skip my period without switching pills? From what I’ve been reading, the problem with trying to skip/ delay periods on a tri- form of bc is the varying levels of hormones. So if I just skip the level 1 and 2 weeks and go 1-2-3-3-placebo-then start a new pack, would that delay my period? Since I just started birth control will i be more likely to fail at delaying my period? I don’t mind getting my period as long as its after the honeymoon. Should I make an appointment with the doctor again soon? How soon? Thanks for the help guys.
Post # 2
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
ceimi: Talk with a pharmacist. They are the experts on medications and will gladly provide you with the information you need.
Post # 4
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)
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
Thanks guys! I’m going to go ahead and call the pharmacy to ask if taking week 3 for two weeks will do the job. If not, I think me and the fiance will just delay the honeymoon until after I get my period just so I don’t tamper with anything and end up bleeding for a lot longer then normal like I’ve read some people have ended up with..! Thanks again for all the help!
Post # 8
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
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
- 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
- Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina
PS sorry your doctor rushed you. Let us know if you have any other BC pill questions!!
Post # 12
alugo89: Were you on ortho tricyclen or a monophasic pill like ortho cyclen?
Also for an update, the wedding date changed and is now the week I start a new pack of pills. 🙂
Post # 13
- 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 :/