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Delaying your period?

Posted by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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 Have any of you ever used birth control pills to delay your period? If so, did it work? When did you start taking them?

My husband and I are going on vacation at the end of this week and I'm due to start my period at the beginning of next week. So basically we're going to get there (we're going to the beach too, btw) and then I'm going to start which really sucks. It happened last year as well (poor planning I guess) and I'd rather it not happen again if I can find a way around it.

I have an IUD (paragard), so I'm not at all concerned about that part of it.

I have an unopened pack of BC from when I was on them a year ago and was thinking if I just started them tomorrow morning, that might work and I'd just take them long enough to go on vacation and then stop when I got back. I'm just not sure if taking them now would do anything at all.

I know there are also pills you can get from a doctor, but we actually don't have insurance right now, so that's kind of out of the question.

by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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musicpisces
by Suzanne on Jun. 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM
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I wouldn't do that.  It's not going to help delay a cycle that's already in progress.  It's not recommended that you start a pill at this point in your cycle, and definitely not while you have Paragard.  Not to mention that usually the first week of taking the pill, you can have some nausea and that may not be the best thing on your vacation.  Buy a pack of tampons and call it good.

I was a sexual health educator, BTW.  I taught people about birth control as part of what I did every day, and now I'm going to school to be a certified nurse midwife, so female reproductive-related stuff is kind of one of my things.

Suzanne

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."

ripemango
by Member on Jun. 16, 2013 at 9:43 PM

i skip periods w BC pills, but I don't think you have enough time to implement this plan

when you are regularly ON the bc is when you can control it, so it'd be like you take the active blue pills for three weeks and then in the 4th week (white sugar pills) you take next month's active pills instead. You aren't yet controlling your cycle w pills to allow it to work. [imo]


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musicpisces
by Suzanne on Jun. 16, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Yes, this.  If you were regularly taking the pill, you could skip the placebo week and go to the next pack to skip a cycle.  But you're having normal cycles, which you can't interrupt at this point.  There would be no benefit to taking the pills now.

Quoting ripemango:

i skip periods w BC pills, but I don't think you have enough time to implement this plan

when you are regularly ON the bc is when you can control it, so it'd be like you take the active blue pills for three weeks and then in the 4th week (white sugar pills) you take next month's active pills instead. You aren't yet controlling your cycle w pills to allow it to work. [imo]


Suzanne

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."

al09
by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Yeah, I used to do it that way as well and it worked perfectly. I'm just not sure if starting up a new pack would somehow put me on a new cycle kind of. I think you're probably right though.
Quoting ripemango:

i skip periods w BC pills, but I don't think you have enough time to implement this plan

when you are regularly ON the bc is when you can control it, so it'd be like you take the active blue pills for three weeks and then in the 4th week (white sugar pills) you take next month's active pills instead. You aren't yet controlling your cycle w pills to allow it to work. [imo]

al09
by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Thanks! It makes sense... I just wish it didn't! LOL

Quoting musicpisces:

Yes, this.  If you were regularly taking the pill, you could skip the placebo week and go to the next pack to skip a cycle.  But you're having normal cycles, which you can't interrupt at this point.  There would be no benefit to taking the pills now.

Quoting ripemango:

i skip periods w BC pills, but I don't think you have enough time to implement this plan

when you are regularly ON the bc is when you can control it, so it'd be like you take the active blue pills for three weeks and then in the 4th week (white sugar pills) you take next month's active pills instead. You aren't yet controlling your cycle w pills to allow it to work. [imo]



CrazedMomof2
by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM
We are going out to the houseboat next weekend and I'm due to start on Friday :( I just hope it's late!!!
Barb87
by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I did it when I was in basic training & AIT. I had my period when I was being inprocessed. & about 2wks later, I requested to be put on low hormone BC pills to keep my period at bay while in basic because I am TOTALLY useless for the the first 36-48hrs of my cycle. Which is a no go. & I was put on them. I was given 3 28day packs. All I did was skip the reminder pills & went into the next pack. 

In your case, I'd take 2 for the first 7 days so that it'll build up in your system. Just stop taking them when you get back.

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