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Is it possible to delay your period by one week while taking birth control?”

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While it is possible to skip or delay a period while taking birth control pills, it is more easily achievable on products that are mono-phasic, or pills that only contain one level of hormone throughout the entire pack.

 

Current birth control pills are designed to copy the natural menstrual cycle in women. They are used for both contraceptive purposes as well as for helping women maintain a normal menstrual cycle.  There are many different kinds of oral hormonal contraceptives available, but most options contain 3 weeks of active hormonal pills and one of inactive, or placebo pills. Menses occurs during the week you take the inactive pills with no hormones in them. As soon as you stop taking pills with active hormones in them, that is when you will get your period. For those wishing to extend the time until menses occurs, you would need to keep taking active hormonal pills. Again, stopping active hormonal pills WILL bring on the onset of menses. In fact, delaying menses by one month or more is a common way of dosing and is known as continuous dosing, or continuous cycling. While many patients on continuous cycles simply skip the inactive week in their pills and move on to the next pack, newer products on the market such as Seasonale provide 3 months of active pills followed then by 1 week of inactive pills

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Birth Control Side Effect Wizard!

We have been spending a lot of time creating a comprehensive guide to birth control.

One thing we were really passionate about was creating a guide for women who were having side effects on their birth control. We didn’t want to be too wordy in an effort to make the information as easy as possible to understand.

What we came up with was a Birth Control Side Effect Wizard! All you have to do is click on a side effect you are experiencing, and the wizard will give possible suggestions!

We really love where it is headed! We are just piloting it now, so we would like some feedback!

Let us know!

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