Post # 1
I know this may sound kind of retarded but I have to find out.
Is it true that you can actually skip a period by manipulating your birth control pills? I feel like I remembered something about starting a new pack of pills instead of taking the placebo pills at the end of the pack. Has anyone ever done this or know a different way? By my calculations, mother nature is due to show up the day before the wedding thus ruining all wedding night and honeymoom festivites.
If anyne has any words of wisdom I would truly appreciate it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
yup! I do it all the time. I used to do it with pills, but now I’m on the ring and it works the same. Just continue taking the next set of pills and skip the placebo pills. My ob-gyn says its fine to do, but, it isn’t best to skip it forever, I just sort of manipulate it on a two – three month cycle.
Post # 4
It is true for some pills, not for all, and depends on the chemical makeup of the pills. You should call your GYN and ask her whether it’s safe to do this with the brand you use or not. I don’t think it’s a good idea to try it without double checking with your doctor.
Also, if you decide to do this, I would highly recommend altering your cycle sooner rather than later. I’ve heard many horror stories about women trying to avoid having Aunt Flo at the wedding and when they skip the placebos she shows up anyway, or the next cycle goes crazy, etc. Pre-wedding stress combined with playing around with hormones doesn’t always end happily. If you have awhile before the wedding, it’s probably a better idea to shift the dates now and have a degree of predictability later.
Post # 5
I agree with HL. Typically, using the "skip the placebo pills" method works better with the monophasic pills(same dose for all pills) versus the triphasic pills(hormone level changes between weeks). I would consult your OB/GYN about it.
As mentioned before, you can still get breakthrough bleeding using this method, so I would still prepare yourself for that possibility. In addition, keep in mind that this could result in your next period being heavier, as you would not have discarded the uterine lining from the previous month(depending on the type of pill you have).
Lastly, some people say that they notice they retain water when they’re on the regular pills, and lose the water during their placebo week. If this is something you noticed, keep that in mind if you choose to skip the placebo, since this could change how your dress fits(depending on how much weight you gain from water retention).
No matter what, talk it over with your OB/GYN, and plan it out!
Post # 6
I’ve done that before, but it does work better if your on a steady dose insteady of the ones that gradually go down each week. I have no side affects. While I do suggest talking with your doctor, mine told me that this can be done with almost any birth control pill, and sometimes can be cheaper than having to pay for copays of th e3 month ones like seasonique, which I also loved loved loved! My periods were also more heavy than usual, but never lasted more than 4 days, and I’m usually a 6-7 day girl.
Another thing you could do, is stop your bc two weeks into the pack, wait a week, like you were taking the placebos, have your period, and then start a new pack of bc. This way you would be shifting your period by 2 weeks! Good Luck!!!
Post # 7
Thanks HL for recommending a talk with the doc. It’s really important to do this in consultation with your physician.
Post # 8
I do it every cycle. I take 3 packs of pills, skipping the placebos, and then have my period. I get the owrst cramps/headaches….general badness when she arrives, so my GYN says I can skip it. She did perscribe me monophasic pills (Low-ogestrel) though, make sure you have thonse!!
I also did the ring, loved it!! But my coverage sucked with my insurance, so it was jsut toooo expensive.
Post # 9
I second HL & doctorgirl! I would talk to your MD or Nurse Practitioner first. Yes I went there! Not to be out represented by MD’s, but N.P.’s are amazing resources to turn to for guidance as well! (I am an advocate for conversing with knowledgable health care professionals).That being said, like bulldoggrl, I ‘tri-cycle’… I get a nice lil visit every three months from "aunt flo" due to having a pill that is solely one dose (the hormone dose does not vary) . But I made this decision with my nurse practitioners guidance.
Now… go make an appointment! **^_^**
Post # 10
Thanks Sparkles, for bringing that up. You’re right, many women’s health practitioners are NPs and they do a great job. In fact, my provider for this kind of stuff is an NP. Sorry, should have said provider, not physician, but old habits die hard!
Post # 11
Thanks for all the advice ladies, Ill make an appt with my doc on Monday,
Ive been on YAZ for the past six months and have absolutely HATED it. The few days prior to my peroid, I get so tired I literally sleep all day. Its debilitating and I hate it.
I plan on stopping my pills right after the wedding anyway as we are planning to start trying for our second child.
But what a bummer, starting my peroid the day before the wedding. Who wants that??
Post # 12
Skipping the placebos doesn’t work for everyone. When I have tried this with monophasic pills or the ring it would work for a day or two and then I would get persistent breakthrough bleeding that would go on for a week or two. It was way more aggravating than actually having my period. That’s the reason to try this now rather than later!
An alternative that worked for me was a one-cycle abbreviated regimen. Instead of doing three weeks on, one week off like usual, I did two weeks on, one week off, and then resumed as usual. My period came during the off week, but it was a week earlier than scheduled, and no weird side effects. This might impact effectiveness though so you would want to use a back-up method.
Post # 13
Whenever I’ve tried this in the past with my pills, it’s never worked 100%… there’s always a bit of breakthrough bleeding as others mentioned. But if you’re still 2 or 3 months out from your wedding, you should be able to skip the placebos now to get on track ahead of time, and by the time your wedding rolls around you’ll be good to go. But def talk to your doctor first as the prev posters mentioned!