Qu about the pill and not having a period
OK, I have been told 2 different things by 2 different people, and I am wondering which is right.
1) you need to take the sugar pills and have a period
2) you don't have to take the sugar pills. The only reason that they are included is because pharmaceutical companies found that women did not feel like they were women without a period, but they are not necessary to take.
Which is true?
I would like to go 3 months without taking the sugar pills.
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- I have heard that you do not need to take the sugar pills and that some women will do this to control their periods. Sometimes a period can come at a bad time(vacation for example)so they start a new pack the day after finishing all the active pills in the pack.
You do not need to have a period! I am on Depo-Provera and never get a period and am fine! Depo in canada is considerably cheaper than the pill and I don't have to buy pads or tampons!
It might be wise to check with a doctor before doing this. I've heard that some women use this to prevent painful periods and I believe that it can take 3 months or more to stop having a period all together.
I'm a little confused as to whether you want to stop taking the sugar pills and start the next pack the day after you're done the active pills or if you just don't want to take any pills for 7 days. If it is the latter, it is perfectly ok to skip the sugar pills and start the next pack 7 days later, you will still have a period. You can also get the 21 day pack of pills that don't contain any sugar pills and either take a 7 day break from one pack to the next or start the next pack the day after the last pack is done. I'm not sure about price wise(if the 21 day packs are cheaper because they don't contain sugar pills or not).
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to cover as much as I could for you!#1; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:02:00 GMT
- Thank you so much for your answer...you told me what I wanted to know, but I have one more question...this is the first time I have taken the pill so is it OK to skip the sugar pills the first time round for 3 months straight?
Thank you!#2; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:03:00 GMT
- My Gyn. had me do that....I would take the pill (minus the sugar pills) for 3 months straight, then when I got to the 3rd months supply of sugar pills, I would take the sugar pills. In other words, you take the 3 weeks worth of birth control pills, then skip the sugar pills and start up with the next set of birth control pills without skipping any days. So you're actually doing 9 weeks worth of birth control pills, THEN you take your sugar pills on the 10th week. He said it was PERFECTLY safe to do that. He did not recommend going any longer than 3 months though. You go through a years supply a little quicker, but the benefits pay off!!
[This message has been edited by northernlights (edited 04-05-2003).]#3; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:04:00 GMT