I figured I'd ask here, has anyone on the pill ever skipped their blanks?
I have to take birth control to regulate my period and flow (since it wants to be heavy at night) and because with my stomach issues it just makes my period worse. And of course I'd get my period right around Christmas haha, which would mean 2 really bad days when I can't do anything. So my mom suggests just to not take the blanks tomorrow, and instead go right into the next month. Has anyone ever done this? And did it go well for you?
Thanks in advance for replies, I just don't want to mess anything up
Rebecca ♠️ I took the birth control pill for several years when I was younger purely for period regulation and I've also taken three college courses related to this matter for my degree, so I can answer that for you.
You can certainly go right into the next month of pills without any effects that would be damaging to your health, if that is what is worrying you. In fact, lots of people do so. If you intend to do that long-term, I would actually recommend speaking to your doctor at some point about getting one of the types of birth control pill that are specifically made to allow one period every 3 months, 6 months, or once a year (whichever you would most prefer).
The only side effect of doing this (skipping your sugar/placebo pills) which is usually common is a bit of light spotting, as your body might have already begun "the process", but if you keep taking the normal hormone pills constantly over months it will stop that from occurring entirely once your body gets used to you doing so.
To get the best effect, it will depend on what type of birth control you are taking. There are several types, but the most common types of oral birth control pills are monophasic, biphasic and triphasic pills.
Monophasic Oral Contraceptives have an amount of estrogen and progestin that remains constant throughout the 28-day cycle.
Biphasic Oral Contraceptives have an amount of estrogen that remains constant through 28-day cycle, while the amount of progestin increases toward the end of the cycle.
Triphasic Oral Contraceptives have an amount of estrogen and progestin that differ throughout the 28-day cycle.
So depending on the type you are currently taking will determine how effect simply skipping your sugar/placebo pills will be. This is generally the most effective with the least amount of spotting when you do this with monophasic birth control pills because with every single dose you are getting the exact same amount of both hormones, while with the other two kinds the hormone levels will keep getting disrupted since each pill does not have the exact same makeup and those types really kind of need the true period to occur in order to give the cycle time to "reset".**
With the biphasic and triphasic birth control pills it can sometimes be possible to still get a full (but light) period even while taking it consistently due to the differing amount of hormones throughout the time.
**P.S. I feel like while I have brought this up, it is also worth mentioning for anyone else reading this who uses birth control specifically to avoid pregnancy: This different amount of hormones in each pill with biphasic and triphasic birth control pills is also how a lot of people get pregnant while taking the pill, because they'll take pills out of order sometimes which can actually disrupt the effects of the birth control, making them ineffective.
Then they complain, "Omg, I got pregnant on the pill!" and the doctor will be like "...Yeah, because you didn't take them as directed. If you don't do it as directed, it's not going to work." that's why the disclaimer on the box says "99.9% chance of not getting pregnant when used as directed."
Rima Thank you so much! It was a really thorough answer It looks like mine are monophasic (low-ogestrel). I've been taking them for several months so it seems like my body knows when to start the process (and oddly enough starts on the 3 day of blanks each time) so I guess I'm more worried about still getting symptoms (stomach aches for one) than I am blood. But I will probably just start the next month instead of the blanks. It's not something I plan to do regularly so I probably won't need any of those options. Thanks again!