(Closed) Period/Birth control question

posted 5 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’m not on BCP anymore and i’m expecting my period the day we leave on our honeymoon, if my period is on time…

call you gyn and ask for a suggestion.

Post # 4
3567 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, I wouldn’t recommend stopping the BCP.  It will just mess up your hormones even more.  If you’re two weeks out and spotting, I’d just keep taking them…and skip the placebo and go straight to the next pack if your “scheduled” period is due around the wedding.  


Post # 5
4337 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s too late for this advice, but for other girls thinking about this strategy – start the pills a few months before the wedding, not a few weeks.

OP – with 2 weeks to go, I agree with PPs: skip the placebo pills and move on to a new pack for the 4th week. At the very least, it will keep you from having a full-on period. If you’re spotting now, it may be cleared up by the wedding. Plus, if you will have been taking the pills correctly for 4 weeks by the wedding night, you should be good to go condom-free. 

Post # 6
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013



@Ophilia535:   ortho tricyclen is not a pill ou can skip periods with. You need a mono phasic pill, one with the same amount of hormones  everyday. I would try a monophasic pill, generally the spotting is when there are not enough hormones in your pill.

ETA if youve been consistent with your pill and its been over a week you are protected

Post # 7
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I was on Ortho and it made me bleed like crazy. It also gave me bruises the size of dinner plates all over my body. I literally looked like a domestic abuse victim.

I’d get the hell off Ortho and on to something else.

ETA: Ortho Tri Cyclen has different amounts of hormones each week and therefore makes it not possible to skip a period, but you can delay a period. If you take the third week of pills from a second pack after you take the third week of pills on your current pack you can probably delay your period for a week. But you will have it.

To skip periods, you need to be on a level-hormone pill. Any pill that has any difference in the day-to-day or week-to-week hormone will make it impossible to skip a period.

Post # 8
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBear:  +1 on it being too late

@Little_Hedgy:  +1

To skip your period on a triphasic pill like ortho tri cyclen, you need to take the pills backwards (123, 321 not taking placebo pills) to prevent your hormones from dropping which causes spotting.

Post # 9
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just keep taking active pills. I’m sure the spotting will be under control by your wedding. I think stopping will be more detrimental and risk even more spotting.  Good luck!


ETA – nevermind just saw you’re on ortho, which I know nothing about.  Have you thought about trying those soft cups things?!


Post # 10
9197 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Ophilia535:  I am literally having the EXACT same problem – my wedding is in 2 weeks too!  Well, 1.5 weeks.  (I have an IUD but I was trying to skip my period, which was going to come exactly on wedding week.)  I’m spotting too, and I feel kinda bloated, so I’m going to stop taking them today or tomorrow and try to get my period this week/weekend.  I think it’ll work.  Googling it, I see a lot of advice not to do that because then the BC isn’t effective, but I already have my IUD….  Just be sure you play it safe, obviously.


Post # 11
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorry OP, but it may be too late! This has happened to me in the past, and when I stopped taking the pill to see if that would stop the spotting, I got a full on period. Just continue taking the pill; hopefully it’ll clear up for your honeymoon!

Post # 13
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If it doesn’t stop, you can always use a menstrual cup like the Instead SoftCup, available at drug stores.

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