It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Birth Control Message Board


Birth Control Board Index


And I was wondering how true this is. Some girls I know have told me that to control their period, like to avoid getting it at special events (weddings, family get-togethers, etc) they'll put off taking their filler pills for a week.

For example, you have 3 weeks reg pills 1 week filler. So what they'll do is they'll open the new pack, take 4 weeks of reg pills, then 2 weeks of filler.

My question is, is this a bad idea? None of them are in a serious relationship right now, mostly for controlling their periods, however I got curious to know if it'd change the reliability of birth control.

The one girl also told me her doctor said she actually does this herself, which is why my friend tried it. *shrug*
when you take the pill.. you take it for 3 weeks. Those hormones prevent you from ever ovulating, so no egg is released. Then the 4th week you go off the hormones so your body can go through it's "shedding" and have your period (by then your ovulation period has passed which is why you can go off the hormones). The 4th week is just sugar pills and you don't have to take them (they are just reminder pills so if you feel you HAVE to take something every day to remember). I personally throw mine out.
When you continue pills straight, it depends on what meds you are on as to how effective it is. I say that because on tri-phasic meds (where there are different levels of hormones in the pill depending on the week) it can mess your cycle up and you may delay your period but then you can get spotting or an early period during the second pack of pills (I had this happen to me on I believe it was ortho-trycyclin). I'm on Allesse which is monophasic (all pills except the reminder pills have the same hormones). Those types are more effective if you want to take the pill straight through and miss a period. Make sure you take all of the hormone pills, don't just take 4 or 5 weeks of the hormone pills and then stop when you feel you should have your period. It can mess your cycle up. As for stopping the pill early to get your period early.. there are no guarantees.. you probably would get it a few days early, but then it could mess your cycle up for next time and you would definitely be at risk of getting pregnant if you are sexually active. If you want to move your period earlier.. I personally start my next pack 2-3 days before hand each time until I get to where I want it. It's better to start the next pack early than late.
But if you take your packs back to back, eventually you'd run shy when it comes time to renew your prescription, wouldn't you?

So let me just get this straight once... you have 21 pills to take. Typically, after those 21 you'd get your monthly friend. If you take 42, you won't get it until after you're off of that stretch of 42 pills. Correct?

And also, when you're calculating ahead of time while looking at a calendar to make sure you don't get it during a special event, you'd have to still go by the 4 week chart. Period week, week 1, 2, 3, period week, week 1, 2, 3, etc.

(week 1, 2, 3 = your 21 days you're not bothered by that monthly friend)
[QUOTE=lovinthev8;3060037]But if you take your packs back to back, eventually you'd run shy when it comes time to renew your prescription, wouldn't you? )[/QUOTE]

unfortunately yes.. if you really want to go long terms without your period, you probably want to get a prescription for a pill that does that (I forget the brand that goes 3 months of straight hormones). I only do it on special occassions.

[QUOTE=lovinthev8;3060037]So let me just get this straight once... you have 21 pills to take. Typically, after those 21 you'd get your monthly friend. If you take 42, you won't get it until after you're off of that stretch of 42 pills. Correct? )[/QUOTE]

correct...

[QUOTE=lovinthev8;3060037]And also, when you're calculating ahead of time while looking at a calendar to make sure you don't get it during a special event, you'd have to still go by the 4 week chart. Period week, week 1, 2, 3, period week, week 1, 2, 3, etc.

(week 1, 2, 3 = your 21 days you're not bothered by that monthly end)[/QUOTE]
yep, assuming you are taking your pill regularly.. Just count it out at 28 days. I usually look at what day my period actually starts and count out 28 days and that will be when your next period will be. Mine starts on the 3rd day of the no-hormone week.. it will vary from person to person. If I find my period is going to start on a major event say in 3 months.. I will start my new pack 2-3 days early and then the next month I will start it another 2-3 days early so in the end I get my period early by 4-6 days.





All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:14 PM.





2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!