(Closed) Do you ever skip your TOM?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m sorry but what is a TOM?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Per my doctor’s directions, I take just the active tablets for 4 packs of BC  (3 month supply) before I take a week off.  There really isn’t a medical necessity to have a period – when you’re on BC; it’s really bleeding due to hormone withdrawal, which is different that a regular period.  Historically, women started menstruating later and had multiple pregnancies, therefore the amount of time they spent menstruating was less than today.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I have never done it, but I entertain the thought sometimes. I hate my period. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@tranquility: No, I don’t typically have any traditional PMS symptoms until the end of the 4th pack when my TOM starts.  Occassionally I will have breakthrough bleeding during the 4th pack before I actually stop the active tablets, but that doesn’t happen nearly as often now that I have been doing this for a while (a few years).  Breakthrough bleeding is pretty common though when taking multiple packs of just the active tablets in a row.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Nothing wrong with skipping it. Heck, they make birth controls that you intentionally skip (Seasonique which I was on and you get your period once every 3 months). I have noticed in the past, that I might have some spotting if I skipped on a traditional birth control but other than that, no PMS symptoms.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was on the pill continuously for over a year and now I’m on Nuvaring continuously.  The period you have when you are on BC is basically a withdrawal from the hormones and isn’t natural at all.  I never had bloating or water retention so I’m not sure about still getting those when skipping my period.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve been using the ring continuously to skip it. I don’t have any symptoms at all, other than MAYBE very light spotting for one day. I love it! 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i tried to skip it once since i was going on a beach vacation and it didn’t totally work–i had a little bit of spotting during what would have been the end of my cycle. i’m on ortho tricyclen lo though, which doesn’t work as well for skipping as some other pills, or so i read, since the hormone levels differ week to week. it was fine though– i didn’t have any other symptoms or anything and was back to normal the next month.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah I’ve skipped it probably two or three times in the last 10 years on the pill..  That was when we were on vacation in Mexico, or for our anniversary getaways etc.  Obviously I didn’t want my “fake period” to come during those romantic times..  Innocent  I just kept taking the pills without a break and had no issues..  The next month I stopped again and it had no problems.

I don’t try and do it regularly but if something like that comes up then I’ll do it.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve skipped mine for years on the ring, right now I am 3 weeks off bc entirely for the first time in 12 years and still have yet to get a period, so even if I wouldn’t have skipped I still wouldn’t have gotten a period before putting a new ring in

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I skipped it once and my OBGYN said she used to skip hers ALL THE TIME and that there’s no need to have a period on birth control (or the pill I was on, anyway). I’m not sure how often the minimum recommendation is, because I just wanted to skip for the honeymoon, but it seemed to not be much of a big deal to her.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper

I was on Seasonique for about five months as my PMS symptoms include wicked headaches and neck pain that seemed to avoidable if I was on a constant pill.While in theory it seemed like a good idea it didn’t really work out well.

For starters even after five months I was still spotting. I would rather have a period I can “count on” rather than random and inconvienent spotting. Also, BC without the week off has a higher risk of increasing your blood pressure according to my doctor. Sure enough my Bridal Party went up significantly after taking it for a month despite otherwise constant normal Bridal Party beforehand.

For me it just didn’t work out unfortunately.

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