Post # 1
I know a few people who take the standard 28 day pills for several months at a time before the take the white “off” week pills. I am considering doing two months at a time because, well I don’t like periods lol Has anyone done this? Are there any risks involved? I have my yearly check up next month and plan to ask about it, but I’m curious if any of you have done it. I’ve been on Sprintec for 2 years with no problems and plan to stop in 2 years.
Post # 3
I’ve done it a few times over the years to avoid a period (usually for travelling). It was my doctor who initially suggested it to me, so it’s technically ok. However, I wouldn’t do it more than 2 packs. I experienced breakthrough bleeding when I did it too long so I went back to the normal schedule.
Post # 4
The only issue you may run into is breakthrough bleeding. I could skip a month and be fine, but if I ever skipped more than 1 month in a row, I had unpredicatble breakthrough bleeding.
Post # 5
Are you on Sprintec or Tri-Sprintec? My Dr.switched me to Sprintec (Ortho-Cyclen) from Tri-Sprintec (Ortho-Tricyclen) when I said I wanted the ability to skip my period if I wanted to if it fell on a vacation or something (talk about first world problems…). Anyway, he said if you are on a pill with a consistent hormone level it is fine, but its not okay with the tri phasic pills. He drew a nice little graph on the table lining for me about the drop and surge of hormones in the “tri” pills ha ha! I’m sure your Dr can explain it to you! Good luck.
Post # 6
@MrsN14: its just the same risk as taking the pill mormally. Like a pp said you may get break through bleeding which is usually just spotting. And again I second the pp about triphasic pills. No continuous use unless its monophasic. I know gor me personally when I use my ring to prolong my period ( I keep it in 4 eeeks then have a period) the week I would normally bleed I have prolonhed pms which sucks, but at least no bloody ,mess!
Post # 7
@MrsN14: My lady doctor said if it is a pill pack that gradually goes down in the levels of hormones, like each week of pills is a different color and then the last week is the white pills, you canNOT do those in succession. You have to be moved to a different pill that is the same dose of hormones each week.
But the main advice i have for you is to not do anything different until you speak to your doctor, and be aware of the risks involved with BC pills.
Also, stay away from yaz/yasmin or their generics. There are certainly risks with any birth control, I had a stroke from being on a generic of Yaz called Loryna. Be careful, do your research, if the doctor puts you on a new BC pill research it. I was on a regimen of only having 3 periods a year. It was fine until they put me on the yaz generic.
Not to scare you, but to inform you. Just please be careful!
Post # 8
I’m currently doing this. My body is going to be WHACK after the wedding because i am skipping about 2 periods so i dont have any bloating or anything around the wedding. And then i am going off BC completely a week after the wedding.
Bahaha my body will hate me for awhile but whatever. I hate being on BC.
Post # 9
I would say that i wouldn’t skip more than 2 periods though.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
I take Seasonique, which is 3 months without a period, then a period at the end of the 3 month pack. For the first two years I was on it, if I tried to skip (since the time between periods was already 3 months), I would have spotting until I had my period. Now I can go two packs and still not spot. I don’t have any issues with breakthrough bleeding anymore.
Post # 11
No risks. I have done this for years. You don’t have a real period on the pill anyway. There is no medical need for them… the makers of the pill back in the day decided to make the cycle mimic a regular cycle for marketing purposes.
I take 2 packs back to back (21 day packs) and then stop the pack for a week for my “period”. If you have 28 day packs, you’ll want to skip the sugar pills and go straight to the next pack the day after you finish your last pill of the pack you’re on.
Post # 12
Thank you for the responses everyone! It is definitely something I will also talk to my doctor about. I’m taking just Sprintec which I found is monophasic so that may make it easier. Is the breakthrough bleeding that some of you experience like spotting or a full, heavy period? (sorry if TMI!). Thanks!
Post # 13
@MrsN14: I did it for my wedding, which is generally safe but I wouldn’t do it more than two periods becuase you will more than likely have breakthrough bleeding. perhaps talk to your doctor about switching BC methods if you do not want a period.
Post # 14
@MrsN14: I ‘allow’ myself to have 3-4 periods a year with the continuous pill taking. After the 3rd month, I usually get a little bit of spotting, so I take a week off, have my period, and start the pills again. I’ve been doing it for years with no ill effects 🙂
Post # 15
Usually breakthrough bleeding is just spotting, but everyone’s different. For years I’ve only had a period once every 3 months, so four packs. I haven’t tried going lonfer for a while, but last time I did I had a little bit of spotting. And remember you can also have your period in the middle of a pack if you want to.
Post # 16
I have never done this with pills, but I do use two Nuva Rings back to back and it’s fine.