Post # 1
Ok, just so you know, this plan has been approved by my doctor, but I can’t decide what I want to do and need a little help.
I take the pill for birth control. My last pill of the pack is on a Thursday, and I used to start my period that Saturday and would be done by Wednesday. I would start the new pack on Friday.
Over the last few months, my period has been starting later than Saturday. Like this week is started yesterday, Tuesday. Count out 28 days from now, and well I am due to start the Tuesday before my Thursday wedding. Now I would start the new pack Friday and be done with my period for the honeymoon, but do I really want to be dealing with it on my wedding day?
What my doctor suggested was that I just start the new pack immediately and skip my period for this month. Has anyone done this before? How did it work out? I’m a little afraid that I might spot or something. And if I’m not thinking about it, spot in a wedding dress….? Ewww…. Any advice would be appreciated!
Post # 3
For different reasons, I actually take 3 packs in a row (migraines). This was my doctors idea. I don’t really notice the difference excpet getting less periods!
Post # 4
I skip my period all the time! I only have one every other month and ONLY if i’m severely spotting through. You may still spot a little (wear a very thin panty liner…but seriously, i don’t even usually bother to if we’re talking minor stuff), but it really shouldn’t be much.
I love not having a period as much as I can! Once i went over a whole year, lol…and it was awesome. Granted, not having periods is good for me and my condition, but still. It’s nice =]
Post # 5
I did this for over a year, and everything was just fine. The only reason I stopped was because there was no reason for me not to have a period. I never spotted, and I’d rarely get cramps, so in my opinion, that’s the way to go. I still skip my period week and start my new pack right away if I don’t want to be on my period for a certain event.
Post # 6
I have done that before. You might have a little spotting though. I think you should do it this month instead of next month so that you are on a regular cycle later. Basically what happens is when you take the off week pills, your body is in withdrawal from the hormones which makes you bleed. If you don’t take those pills, you still have the hormones going and you shouldn’t bleed.
Post # 7
I used to do this kind of thing all the time! Period for prom? No way… start a new pack early. Period for my family reunion cruise? Not a chance!!! Currently I’m on Seasonal which gives me 3 packs of pills and I only get 3 periods a year (with some light spotting if I miss one close to my “normal” time). It’s great. I’ve never had any bad reactions or anything. I say go for it!
Post # 8
I have done this and got quite a lot of spotting and so now if I want to “adjust” my cycle I would stop a week early – bleed – and then start up a new pack and it worked better for me as there was no spotting!
Post # 9
it would work for me the that week that i started the new pack, and then a week later disaster! i recently stopped taking my bc all together because it was making me so irregular all of the sudden after years of no issues…i would try it anyway if i were you.
Post # 10
@legalbee – That’s what I’m worried about. I’m worried that I will start the new pack the week of the wedding and then the week of the honeymoon I will have my bleed even though I’m taking bc!
Post # 11
i also take the birth control where i get my period every three months due to migraines. in the beginning i had a lot of spotting when my body was getting adjusted to it. now i’m used to it (knock on wood), and like you i’m going to be trying to play around with my birth control to get rid of the period for the wedding, but i think my body is more used to not having the period for a longer period of time. plus, i’ve been doing it for a few months in advance, pushing it up a few weeks at a time.
Post # 12
I am also on a three month cycle from my doctor’s suggestion and it works great for me. I love not having periods. When I was one a two month cycle I still spotted, but at three I don’t. I find that I spot more also if I am not as careful to take it at exactly the right time.
You might have problems if you are on a low dose hormone pill. I have heard that it is easier to skip and not spot if you are on a higher dose hormone.
Post # 13
My girlfriend does this a lot! She has never had any problems with it, and its really convenient if you just really don’t need to be having your period at that time! I wouldn’t suggest doing it regularly because I think that can be hard on your body, but for your wedding, of course! If my period falls on my wedding, I’ll be doing the same thing 🙂
Post # 14
I’ve done this many times, and I usually get light cramps, but no bleeding or spotting until the next month when I get to the placebo week and don’t start the next pack right away. A light panty liner should do the trick if you’re worried about spotting, but you shouldn’t get your period at all until the next month.
Post # 15
I skipped mine once. I didn’t want to make a habit of it because I wanted to let me body flow through it’s normal processes as much as possible, because my insurance won’t cover starting a pack sooner than 28 days after my last pack, and because every month “Aunt Flo” comes to visit is a reassurance that the BC is doing it’s job!
If your doctor recommended it, I would worry too much more about it, as it’s a normal thing to do and many women do it. I experienced to no issues, just one day of very light spotting (nothing a pantyliner couldn’t handle) and felt fine the whole time!
Post # 16
dang, you don’t have a cushion of time to experiment with! I do this all the time and have never had any problems with symptoms or spotting or anything. If the doctor is cool with it, I’d go for it. Good luck!