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Old 06-18-2004, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default need info on delaying "that time" w/birth control pills..

okay, so i vaguely remember hearing that it was possible to sort of "delay" a period if you're on the pill by just taking more active pills at the end of a cycle instead of taking the sugar pills for a week.. my girlfriend is interested in doing this since it looks like we idiotically scheduled our sruise right when she gets her period. can anyone point me to a webMD-ish article on the science behind this? thanks..

ps. already searched webMD and came up empty handed.. maybe i mis-spelled ortho tri-cycleine
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:11 AM   #2
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Stick a cork in it .
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:12 AM   #3
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:12 AM   #4
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(shrug) She just needs to skip the sugar pills. There's all kinds of articles on it but it's as simple as that.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:14 AM   #5
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ortho tri-cyclen...i have not tried to delay mine, but you might be able to find info with the correct spelling....or have her call her doctor.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:16 AM   #6
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(shrug) She just needs to skip the sugar pills. There's all kinds of articles on it but it's as simple as that.
yeah, it seems like it's just that simple, but she's worried that there are some sort of serious implications and i just want to show her that it's perfectly safe, which i assume for the most part it is..
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:16 AM   #7
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(shrug) She just needs to skip the sugar pills. There's all kinds of articles on it but it's as simple as that.
Um, the sugar pill does not induce 'that time.' It'll come if you take the sugar pill or not.

I try to adjust my bc pills to my boys visitation schedule as well. If she has more than one pack, she should be fine just moving on the next pack immediately after she finished the active pills from the one she's on right now. That's what I'll usually do if I need to buy time and it has always worked out alright.

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Old 06-18-2004, 10:16 AM   #8
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Was in a similar situation before. You just have her skip the 7 sugar pills and go right back to day 1 after day 21. It's as simple as that. It works and you shouldn't have to worry about any adverse health effects. Heck, they even make pills now so girls don't see Aunt Flo for 3 months. There's also pills where they won't have it for years.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:18 AM   #9
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If your girl is looking to do this just to skip Aunt Flo, it is not a good idea to do it on her own. If she really needs to skip it she should be under a doc's watch and they will recommend and prescribe it. Otherwise you should not be messing with your body as adverse effects can happen.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:21 AM   #10
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There's also pills where they won't have it for years.
There's also once-a-year shots and patches that can be used. I have friends who have tried both and have had horrible results. The shot just messes you up completely as far as horomones are concerned. One friend of mine ended up with manic-like symptoms because of this.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:21 AM   #11
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(shrug) She just needs to skip the sugar pills. There's all kinds of articles on it but it's as simple as that.
That was my experience with the ex-g/f. She did that once or twice in a similar situation.
I'd agree that she should probably call her doctor first, though.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:22 AM   #12
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It should work, but her cycle will likely be irregular for 1-3 months afterwards. As well, consider that ortho tri-cyclen is at the higher end of the spectrum in terms of hormone doses, and uses two hormones to control ovulation. Thus, more "unused" hormones, or portions thereof are present in the body - more is not better.

Suggest not to make a habit of it - and perhaps consult doctor on some of the newer, single hormone pills, with fewer side effects.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:26 AM   #13
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Um, the sugar pill does not induce 'that time.' It'll come if you take the sugar pill or not.
So... wait... eating 5 grams of sugar *doesn't* induce periods?

I guess I meant, she should go right back to the next 'active' pill instead of taking the sugar pill.

http://www.google.com/search?q=ortho+skipping+placebo
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:28 AM   #15
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I guess I meant, she should go right back to the next 'active' pill instead of taking the sugar pill.
Yeah, after I re-read it, I understood what you meant. And yes, that is the best way to do it. At least, the way I do it.

But everyone's body is different and will react differently. So just keep that in mind whatever you try.
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okay, so here's the next question:

let's say she delays her period for 7 days, she's now a week into her next set of pills.. does she then stop taking pills and her period just shows up, or does she finish out the cycle of real pills and her period will come at the end of those?
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:32 AM   #18
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Some more info from one of those google hits...

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Answer by Lily, RN contributed on April 13, 2004, at 08:34am. Last updated on April 13, 2004, at 9:46pm.

First off, skipping menstrual cycles has been proven to be safe. A woman's body does not feel "cheated" when it does not menstrate. The blood you would normally shed during menstration does not "build up" when you attempt to skip a cycle using birth control.

Secondly, if you are attempting to skip a cycle, you must be on a monophasic birth control pill. Monophasic pills contain the same amount of hormones in each active pill. Triphasic pills such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen contain a varying amount of hormones in each active pill. The purpose of this is to mimic a woman's natural menstral cycle. Most women who attempt to use triphasic pills to skip cycles will have a period regardless.

If you are taking a monophasic pill correctly, the lining of your uterus does not build up, thus there is nothing to shed. The bleeding a woman experiences while taking the inactive pills of a monophasic pack is simply what we call rebound or breakthrough bleeding from the absence of hormones. Uterine lining must build up for a true menstral period to occur.

Please discuss your options with your physician. You are not on the correct type of pill to be attempting missed cycles.
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okay, so here's the next question:

let's say she delays her period for 7 days, she's now a week into her next set of pills.. does she then stop taking pills and her period just shows up, or does she finish out the cycle of real pills and her period will come at the end of those?
I've done both. It depends on what she would prefer and what'll work best for her schedule.
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you know, i don't even know if she's on ortho or not... all her pills look indentical, whereas my roommate has four distinctly different colors of pill in each pack....
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It's not a car! It's a body! No telling how she will react. If she stops after 7 days, it might come immediately, or she may feel horrible for the next 10-days and it won't come at all, or she may feel perfectly fine and dandy.

Talk to a doctor, not the people on the Subaru board!
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:39 AM   #22
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hm.. just called her.. looks like she's on "Ortho Tri-Cyclen Low" which i assume means a low dose.. she's kind of a small girl. anyway, according to the RN on google, skipping a cycle won't work, but i wonder if delaying a cycle will.. i guess we'll try and worst case, i'll wind up with a bloody wang
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No, worst case you'll screw up her hormones because of a stupid bloody wang. Dude, just have her jump in the shower right before you're ready.


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Old 06-18-2004, 11:32 AM   #24
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if you really don;t wanna tamper with her cycle bvy doing that have her go on the new birth control sephora, there claim for 4 periods a year isn;t bull**** it is actually a very true claim, my gf has been on it for since we stareted dating and were closing in on a year and i have only had to live through 2 so its a better move that wasting pills to "manipulate" her period
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Old 06-18-2004, 11:43 AM   #25
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(shrug) She just needs to skip the sugar pills. There's all kinds of articles on it but it's as simple as that.
This is ALL over the girlie magazines. Continuously taking the pill and skipping the sugar pills should postpone or stop "that time". Many girls have been doing that for months and years. It just seems a little unnatural to me. At this point there are no studies on the side effects of this.
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