Post # 1
In all my years taking my birth contol pill (I take the Norgestimate-Enthinyl Estradiol pills- aka the NORG EE), I somehow forgot that I was suppose to have my period this week, and skipped over the placebos all together and started my new pack on Sunday. I was suppose to get my period this Wednesday/Thursday, but since I started my new pack this past Sunday, I have not gotten my period. The nurse from my dr’s office said I should be fine and that I’ll just skip my period this month, but I noticed I’ve spotted today. Is this normal? When will I get back on my regular routine of having a period every month again (once I get to the placebos in this pack?) Just nervous about this whole thing as I’ve never done so before, and having my period every month was a nice check in to know I’m not pregnant.
Thanks for any help!
Post # 2
missm0392 : Also, I just started to experience cramps today. Is that normal as well with spotting?
Post # 3
Im not a doctor but ive been on the combined pill over 10 years. Lots of women do this regularly. I skip my period every now and then when im travelling so dont worry about starting onto the new pack early. The spotting is most likely because this is the first time youve done this and its adjusting. I got spotting the first time I skipped a period too, and I still sometimes occassionally spot when I skip my placebos or if I try to skip 2 periods. Its just hormones and our bodies adjusting. As long as the spotting doesnt get any worse or start to become a period it will be fine and you should start your next period when you finish this pack and take your placebos again.
EDIT: just to say that mild cramping is normal if you are spotting. If it becomes severe cramping or you lose more blood contact your doctor.
Post # 4
missm0392 : Yes this normal; I’ve intentionally skipped placebos and went to the next pack so I wasn’t on my period for events (like my wedding 🙁 ) and I always spot. It’s annoying but totally normal.
Post # 5
You’ll be fine, just keep taking the active pills as normal and when you get to the next set of placebos you’ll have a period. I usually skip placebos for 3-4 months in a row so only have a period a few times a year
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
You’re fine! Lots of women skip the placebo week to move their schedule around or have fewer periods in a year. Some doctors even recommend women skip placebo weeks and continue on to the next pack if having fewer periods is beneficial to them. I’ve done it before, but like you, I have spotting and cramping. If you just continue on this new pack and take the placebos at the end of the new one, you should be right back on track. Since you’ve had a continuous supply of hormones, it’s unlikely that you have ovulated. I wouldn’t worry about being pregnant 🙂
Post # 7
Yes normal. I take birth control 3 months at a time before I take the 7 days off and get my period. Sometimes around 2 months I get some spotting/old blood and then it goes away. I know lots of girls who say skipping the placebos doesn’t work for them as there’s too much spotting. Either way, normal.
Post # 8
Yes that’s normal! I skipped over my period for the first time for my honeymoon, and I had a bit of spotting.
Post # 9
missm0392 : yeah. I intentionally skipped placebos for a bit, trying to do the one period every 3 months thing that some women do. I had to stop because of how much I was spotting. The moment I went back to the normal cycle I stopped spotting between placebos.