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

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Updated December 11, 2009

I really want to

My periods are incredibly painful and heavy, and every month I find myself throwing child-like tantrums because I become so annoyed with feeling so sick.I would love to stop them, I am only 16, but at least I wouldn't have to worry so much. All I have to do is just convince my mother to buy me these pills and I'll be free.
—Guest Maree

ABSOLUTELY!

I've been taking Yaz for years and have been skipping the 4 sugar pills for years, I am 43 and the Yaz works great for adult acne! I feel it also helps keep my hormones level and may help perimenapausal symptoms. I do not schedule a period break, I feel no need, I do not plan on becoming pregnant. My use of ibuprophen is minimal, I used to live on it during my periodn and my first 2 period days were so heavy; I hated day trips during them! Also, my period used to be on a 25 day cycle so they came frequent. This changed my life, can't blamee my bad moods now on PMS! Say goodbye!
—Guest ChIrissy

No Shame

I would absolutely, positively feel comfortable skipping my period! When I get my period, it is always at the worst time!! Even my 1st period came at a bad time, I was going to ask out my crush, but all my confidence was gone because of it. I am a virgin, and I don't want to take "the pill" because I don't want to get pregnant, that's what condoms are for, I just want my period to pick a day, and if at all possible not happen. And if science has come up with a solution, I'm going to think about going on it, and living a life, not worried about getting my period (it never picks a week or a day it jumps around).
—Guest Dreamer121

Yes

I would love to skip my period, are you kidding me?
—Guest Angie

I would love to stop myperiod!

As my periods are very heavy and lengthy. I would say yes! I also get severe cramps, backaches, headaches, and pmdd that makes me suicidal. I currently take ortho evra, but am considering lybrel to get rid of them altogether. My only worry is that since it took 5-6 trials of different pills to find the one that worked for me I don't know how well it will work on my symptoms, but I guess the only way to find out is to try. It sure would save money on pads and tampons though!
—Guest Nora

awesome!

For all of you that think that there is a risk to skipping your period, think again. I just recently did the Susan G. Komen breast cancer run. After the run, they had tents set up with different health practitioners and what not. Well, I walked up to the Moffit Cancer Center booth. It's the center for women's oncology. There were doctors & NP's from the center handing out trivia cards and if you got the trivia question right you spun the wheel and won a prize. My question was something about ovarian cancer and I can't quite remember the question. But I remember asking her a about birth control and the risk of ovarian cancer. She told me that the fewer periods I had in my lifetime, the less likely I was to get ovarian cancer. So I think that's an awesome tip to know. So now, I'm on a monophasic birth control pill called lessina which allows me to skip the placebos and go straight into the next pack without interruption & it decreases my risk of cancer! :D Works for me! **Note from Dawn Stacey: all combination birth control pills allow you to skip the placebo week and go straight into the next pack!
—Guest jordanj

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!
—Guest BIRDIE

Periods

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

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