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Readers Respond: Would You Feel Comfortable Skipping Your Period or Having a Missed Period?

Responses: 34


Updated December 11, 2009

would i feel comfortable?

I'm not sure because because I may forget I'm on the pill and begin panicing that I'm pregnant - I mean I'm only 15.
—Guest sunshine2244

And the risk? (Dawn Stacey responds)

I find the assertions that this is without risk infuriating, because all the cited studies supporting the safety of this approach have been short-term. Can anybody make a scientifically-supported statement that this is safe over the long-term? No. Because it hasn't been studied. OC is a hormonal intervention, and the evidence on it is a mixed bag (raises the risk of some cancers, reduces others). Some women love the Pill, other women are absolutely miserable on it. What we can say for sure is: -every woman responds differently -the information on long-term risk is inconclusive which is exactly why these kinds of general declarations of safety are so alarming. Health professionals should be honest with women - we just don't know! - then let them make an informed decision. We forget what happened with DES and thalidomide at our peril. ****From Dawn Stacey = no drug has been studied more than the pill - there have been mores studies over longer periods than any other medication. Research on the pill is what changes the whole FDA-approval process requiring safety studies. For years and years, research has consistantlt concluded that there is no medical reason to have a period when you are on the pill. Women who use any pill do not have periods, so it is no different when using an extended cylce pill. The periods "built-in" to pill use are withdrawal bleeds - the uterus sheds a little due to the decrease in hormones - it is not the same thing as an actual period. I thank you for your passion on this topic; however, it is important that you are informed with the right information! And yes, research does scientifically-support the safety with long-term use.
—Guest Stephen

I wish my body would let me

I was on the pill for about 6 years and regularly tried to skip periods because I was doing sport 5 days a week. My body never allowed me. On the second week of the new packet, my period would come. I gave up on it and even though I suffered lots of cramps, migraines etc during my period. I then tried Implanon (implant) and it was great - at one stage, I went 6 months without a period!! I'm now trying Nuva Ring and going to see if I can skip periods with it. Haven't tried yet, but I will be this time as I'm going to be at the beach during it. It may not be natural, but it's a great convenience, and helps my anemia greatly to skip :)
—Guest Kayla

Have been doing it for YEARS

I have been manipulating my birth control ever since I was 19yrs old in college. Having a great understanding for the way hormonal birth controls work I saw no problem with skipping my period month after month while on the Pill. As a broke college student it was much cheaper to not have a period I.e. The cost of sanitary products and not to mention less of a hassle. I was advised once around age 21 To take periodic "birth control holidays" for a month or two every few years to monitor my normal hormone level. I do practice my holidays, but usually only when I am switching from one form of BC to another. Now 5 years latter I am still skipping periods for months at a time on the Nuvaring and have been reasured time and time again by medical professionals that there is nothing wrong with this practice. The benefits are wonderful. Did I mention I have less migrains due to less hormone withdraw!! Who wouldn't skip periods if they had the choice!


I would rather not have a period. I had my daughter 4 years ago, and was advised by my doctor to switch birth control options. I have been on the Mirena and dont like having a period.
—Guest Ethel

kentucky woman

I am 42 and started taking POP's last month about a week after my period. I have not had a period since! No spotting either (just sore breasts). I see no problem with not having a period while using the pill. No complaints here!
—Guest Miranda

Might as well

I would rather never have a period again as it is no use to me. I have severe cardiac problems and a fetus would not survive long in my body anyway - so even if I did get pregnant, the chances of ending up with a healthy baby would be next to zero. I think they need quality long term contraception for women with heart disease, cystic fibrosis and other serious conditions.
—Guest MJ

Just starting

I just started using birth control that limits my period to 4 times a year. Im doing it because my family has a history of being really fertile on or of birth control so it makes no difference to me. Im also doing it because Im starting grad college this fall and I dont want to deal with my period as often. As for not knowing home pregnancy tests are cheap.
—Guest Rae

Skipping periods with the Pill is Great!

I am 52 yrs. old and have been on continuous low dose BC pills for 10 yrs. and haven't had a period. I tried going off once to see how things would be, and the cramping and blood flow were horrendous, so I went back on. The research supports the safety of this regimen, so I'm in for the long haul until I'm in my later 50's when I'll go off to see if I'm in menopause. Not having a period has improved the quality of my life considerably.
—Guest johussion

I do this but

I have been extending my pills for years. I probably go about 6 months without a period and then I go ahead and have one. IT IS THE WORST PERIOD!!! I bleed for about 2 weeks and cramp so badly. I am not sure if it is worth it.
—Guest Tracy

Oh HoneyBear....

Some women don't have the luxury of having "normal" periods... thus making it an easy decision to skip my period each month. Per my doctor, and I quote her (as well as many other studies out there and well documented) "it is not necessary for a woman to have a monthly mentrual cycle." My doctor told me this - and I have read other studies backing this. I have endometriosis, and cannot even begin to describe the debilitating natire of my cycles. Lucky for me I found a pill that works for me, and does not cause me issue for skipping my periods....
—Guest Dgirl


I have been on Seasonique for 9 months. With this pill, you take pills everyday for 12 weeks, then you have your period (so you have 4 periods a year). Though it was a hard decision, I chose to stop using this pill. I loved not getting my period each month. It was so convenient and interfered less with my sex life. BUT, I also found myself a bit worried, what if I’m pregnant? I won’t know until the end of the 12 week pill cycle. This stress started to build each month. I finally decided that as much as it was great not to have monthly periods, the security that they bring (knowing that I am not pregnant) may be worth more – so, I will endure my monthly friend again, so I don’t need to endlessly worry about an unintended pregnancy.
—Guest Lexi

skipped for 6

I skipped my periods for 6 month by doctors orders. I had cysts on my ovaries and wanted to get pregnant. My doctor suggested I skipped my periods for six months before I got married. I did and after I went off the pill I got pregnant 4 months later. YEAH!
—Guest michelle

Nothing wrong with skipping periods

I always skip my period. I recently had an implant taken out of my arm (birth control implant) and with the implant, I did not get a period for 3 years . WOO HOO. So, I see no problems using the pill to skip your period. Go for it!
—Guest bloody mary

Its very scary.....

Personally, I feel that it is not normal for a female to skip her periods. Firstly, you just never know if something may be wrong... you let it slide, and the time you find out what is really wrong with you it’s too late!
—Guest paballo
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