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dr said "DO NOT" skip the placebo pills?

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So I've been on birth control for 10 years. I recently planned a vacation that lands on the exact week of my period. I called my Dr. and asked how I can change my period and she said DO NOT skip the placebo pills, but instead take my whole pack, wait a week and then start the new pack (and use another form of protection)... which would theoretically place my period the week after my vacation. Was this the best option? I'm scared I'm going to have a two week long period or something. I've never missed a pill or anything (the most just taking it when it's not the same time of day). Also I've been having very sore, plump nipples, no appetite and dizziness as well as heavier daily discharge. Smoking made me sick and oddly my face has cleared up more than normal since quitting and restarting the pill.. Are these side effects from not taking the pill for a week? Is pregnancy a factor? I was sexually active 3-5 times with protection that week. I am 10 days into my new pack.

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replied March 28th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A33310
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The option suggested by your treating doctor can help you postpone your periods (you should use additional protection if having intercourse). The recent symptoms that you describe (sore & plump nipples, changed appetite, dizziness, increased vaginal discharge, changes in acne, altered sensitivity to smell) could suggest pregnancy possibility (you are not protected if you miss taking 2 or more than 2 active pills and have been sexually active without additional protection). Visit your doctor/gynecologist and discuss your recent symptoms. If pregnancy is suspected, or if you miss your periods, or if you have abnormal periods, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. If pregnancy is suspected, or if pregnancy gets confirmed, stop the hormonal birth control use.
Take care.

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