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Evelyn Resh MPH,CNM(Certified Sexuality Counselor & Nurse-Midwife)answered(8/6/2012)This is an easy and safe thing to accomplish. Assuming you're on the type of pack that has you using three weeks of active pills and one week of sugar pills, simply skip your week of sugar pills and start your new pack right away. This way, you'll have 6 consecutive weeks on your active pills instead of three. After the 6 weeks, then start your week of sugar pills in the second pack and you'll have your period. I have done this for years with women who don't want a period because of a special occasion. It works and is perfectly safe to do.
Bob Smithing, MSN, NP, FAANP(Family Nurse Practitioner)answered(11/22/2012)As long as the pills have the same dose of hormones in each pill, (You can usually tell because all 3 weeks are the same color.) You can take the active pills every day and never have a period. If you prefer you can have a period every other month or every third month. As Evelyn mentioned it is safe to do.
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coleychianswered(3/26/2013)How do you do this so that the pills go through insurance? My insurance/pharmacy won't give me my new pack until I finish the 28 day supply.
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buzzloveanswered(3/27/2013)Ask your gyne to write the perscription continuously and the insurance might cover it then. Also, its a good idea to have a spare regardless.
I have had some sugar pill weeks when I didn't have a period and bleeeding while on the hormone pills so my gyne just said skip the sugar pills and then when I have breakthrough bleeding take the sugar pill week, finish it and go back on the pack again.