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Vacation And Your Birth Control Pill

Dear Sugar
I am going on vacation in two weeks and it is the same week that I am due to have my period. I've heard that you can just keep taking your pill during the time you are supposed to be menstruating through the next cycle and it's won't harm you. Is this true, and if so, is this safe? I hope so because I don't want to be bleeding for my romantic beach getaway. Icky Izzie

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Dear Icky Izzie
Yes, it's safe to manipulate your birth control pill, but only if you don't abuse it. Do it this once, but as soon as you get home, throw out the pack and restart it again a week later. You must not continue to take your pills so that you never menstruate. Not only is that unsafe - it's unhealthy not to shed your uterine lining each month.

Also this is just a little bit of travel advice; I am not sure where you are going, but if it's to a destination where there is water contamination, be sure and swallow your pill with bottled water. Same goes for when you are brushing your teeth. I've heard stories of ruined honeymoon's due to throwing up and diarrhea from drinking tap water containing bacteria.

Also, pack your pills in your carry on case with you. Like any other drug, the pill can spoil and become ineffective from heat. We wouldn't want that to happen! Bon Voyage

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heatherp heatherp 10 years
yeah - i did it once too - and spotted from the middle of my second "cycle" to through my period. it was fine, once.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Be warned about the progesterone injections. I did that for 3 1/2 years. I blew up like a pig, my hair got thin, I had literally one mood (a mixed blessing, I admit), spotting for the first three months, wicked dryness and no sex drive, acne, and joint pain. The only reason I went on it was to stop my migraines. Which it did, but what a price.
LisaK LisaK 10 years
I did this once thinking yeah no period, but like Critty said I spotted also. Just talk to your Dr.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I think i would ask my doc too!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Definetly has to be monophasic. DO NOT do this without consulting your gyno. I have been on Ortho TriCyclen and Ortho-Cept and I only did this with Ortho Cept.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
muendy muendy 10 years
I tried this once and it was a disaster because - as I found out, after the fact - this can only be done with monophasic pills. So, before you try this, make sure you know what kind of pills you take. If you are on triphasic pills like I was, it won't work.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
GL with it.
Critty Critty 10 years
I have done this (my doc said every three months was fine to get your period) but during the first month, I did get spotting, so you may want to be prepared for that on your vacation. Nothing major, but be on the lookout for it.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Bye you guys I'm out for now!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
alright sweetie....I am sure I will be on later:)
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
JennaV you tease! I have to head home and now you're back. I will be on later an hope to talk to you then. Bye for now.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
When I was on the pill...I did this all the time with the full approval of my gyno. She said I could take continuous cycles, with a break every 3 packs. Definetly ask her about it!!!! It was awesome, i would only get my period 4 times a year. Again----ASK YOUR DOCTOR.....
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Good advice Dearsugar. I don't blame her for wanting to miss her period while on vacay. Noone wants to be a bloated whale with cramps when they are supposed to be having fun. I know there are also alot of women now that choose to only have 3 or fewer periods a year by taking birth control shots.
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