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Skip placebo pills and start a new pack?

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I\'m on birth control, and was wondering if I skip my placebo pills and start a new pack, will that delay my cycle? then when I get to my placebo pills from the new pack I just take them like normal. and I don\'t do anything with the skipped placebos. Thanks


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replied June 27th, 2013
Birth Control Answer A44017
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If you are planning to delay your periods by skipping placebo pills and taking regular birth control pills back-to-back, you may experience breakthrough bleeding/spotting and/or period pattern abnormality. If you require to have fewer periods in the year, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for getting switched to alternate pills (that are designed to allow 3-4 periods in a year). The regular birth control pills are designed to let you have withdrawal bleeding/periods similar to your menstrual cycles (resembling your normal hormonal and period pattern), and hence these should not be used back-to-back without allowing for period in between. Continue to take the pills as instructed, and if you do take the pill packs back-to-back, then allow for periods during placebo pills of the next pill pack, and start with the next scheduled pill pack within 7 days of taking the last active pill (discard the placebo pills of eh current pill pack). For further clarification and assistance, visit your doctor/gynecologist. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.


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