Post # 1
If I am calculating correctly, I should have my PERIOD DURING THE WEDDING FESTIVITES!!! I have read some of the boards on taking birth control to help control my period during this time. I have a few questions that I did not find the answers to while reading. So I thought that I would just throw this out there so hopefully you wonderful ladies can help me out. I am not upset about the period itself, I am worried about the horrible cramps and feeling disgusting on my day!!! So I haven’t been on birth control for a long time!
~My wedding day is May 28, 2011. Do I have enough time to start this process?
~Bride’s that have done this, is it worth it and does it really work?
Thank you so much for everything!!!
Post # 3
I suggest talking to your doctor, because it will vary by what kind of birth control you’re using, but what most women on the estrogen pill do is just skip a week of sugar pills, either during the wedding or a few months before to “skip” a period (so instead of 3 weeks between sugar pills/period, you would go 6 weeks, that one time, bumping your cycle back the extra 3 weeks).
Talk to your doctor though, because different forms of bc work differently.
Post # 4
Usually it takes about three months to completely regulate your cycle, but it depends on how your body reacts to the specific pill you’re on. I just started one, and so far my period hasn’t quite aligned. With others I’ve used, it’s been immediate.
You can also talk to your gyno about using a pill that makes you pretty much immediately start your period. I had to take it once just because I hadn’t had a period in so long, but I’ve heard of people using it so they won’t be on their period for their wedding. A note of caution, though–it really messed with my hormones and I was incredibly irritable and crying a ton for about a week.
Post # 5
My gyno makes it sound like not a big deal to skip the placebo and keep taking active pills, but you might want to call yours and check, just in case. As long as your body keeps getting that same dosage of hormones, it shouldn’t be an issue to not have a period.
Post # 6
I’ve done this for vacations before. I just keep taking the active pills and skip the sugar pills for that month. No spotting, no cramps, no mood swings. Like PP said, 3 months is the usual time a gyno will tell you you need to take BC to regulate everything. If this is something you really want to do then contact them as soon as you can to get set up. My doctor prescribed me a weird brand once when I was in a jam and it made me nuts for a whole month, so I stick to the low dose brands. It shouldn’t be a big deal for you to get on them now, use it for the wedding, and then stop taking it afterwards.
Post # 7
when I was on the pill I would do this all the time,
I just kept taking active pills instead of going to the sugar ones. I would check with your doctor first though.
Post # 8
I started on the pill and had no problem regulating right away, it didnt take the 3 months to get used to it. I did stop after 3 months ago cause I got weird hives and wanted to rule out the pill as the cause. 5 or so months later I started again so I wouldnt get a period while on vacation and had no problem again. I started the month before vacation, had the sugar pill week, then started the next pack to skip. So if your body works like mine, you have plenty of time to use the pill to make sure you dont get it during your wedding.
Post # 9
It totally works, but you should make an appt. right away so that you can get started on the pill and have time to adjust (assuming you’re not already on it).
Post # 10
question- insurance only covers one pack of birth control pills every 28 days, so if you are skipping the placebos, do you just pay out of pocket?
Post # 11
You don’t necessarily need to skip a week of sugar pills to avoid your period…just time the start of your birth control so that you are taking active pills during your period. Most pills allow you the choice of starting your regimen during your period or on a sunday. If you choose the first option you will be protected right away. If you choose a Sunday start (really you can do any day but they think Sunday makes it easier to remember) you will need to use a backup method for one month. So if you want to avoid your period during your wedding, count backwards to figure out a day to start that will mean you’ll be in the second or third week of the active pills during your wedding (if you’re on the first week of active pills you may still be having your period because you don’t get it the second you go on the placebo pills).
Post # 12
@Mrs. Meowerson: I just say I’m going out of town and need to re-fill early.
Post # 13
I plan on getting the 3 month shot. I figure it will ensure I don’t get my period that day or during the moneymoon. And besides, lately I have been getting it twice in one month so anything I can do to prevent those pains from happening as often I am all up for it! Now just to find the money….
Post # 14
@Mrs. Meowerson: Mine covers 3 months supply every 3 months +/- 3 weeks so I’ve never had a problem. I usually do a 5 or 6 week cycle, instead of the 4 weeks.
Post # 15
Get on birth control girl! You have plennnnnty of time.
Post # 16
Definitely talk to your doctor and the sooner the better. Mine looked at the calender and scheduled it so well that I did not have it for the wedding or honeymoon – it started 3 days after we got home! Perfect timing.