Q: One of my friends skips her period by taking her birth control pills a certain way. Is this safe?
A: Generally, yes–but she should talk to her doctor if she plans on doing this regularly.
Women can avoid their periods if they skip the last seven pills in a 28 day pack. Those pills don’t contain hormones, so missing them won’t put a girl at risk for pregnancy. When a girl does this, she can just start a new pack of pills as soon as she finishes the previous one.
Another option is to get a prescription for a birth control pill called Seasonale. Seasonale works similarly to the method described above, but it designed so you only get your period four times a year, instead of twelve.
And while I am sure you know this, I can’t help myself from mentioning that while the pill is great for preventing pregnancies, it offers no protection from STDs. Only condoms can do that.
Some girls choose to skip their periods if they have a special event coming up like prom or a swim meet. Others would be happy to get rid of them all together and plenty don’t think menstruating once a month is such a big deal. But whatever your take, it’s nice to know you have options.
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