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#1 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:09 AM

I really feel like I should know this and feel slightly stupid that I don't.  But anyway...

Assuming all active tablets have been taken correctly for the month, once you've completed the sugar tablets, do you then need to use condoms or other protection for 7 days once resuming the active tablets again, or is that only when you first start taking it?



#2 againagain

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

Only when you first start taking it.

#3 Zahhy

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

I was actually wondering this the other day!

I don't get how it works? I thought those sugar pills had nothing in them, hence why you get the bleed, so wouldn't taking them be the same as not taking your pill at all?

#4 Bluenomi

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

QUOTE (Tonberry @ 11/02/2013, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was actually wondering this the other day!

I don't get how it works? I thought those sugar pills had nothing in them, hence why you get the bleed, so wouldn't taking them be the same as not taking your pill at all?


Because 7 days isn't enough time for your body to ovulate and starting the pill again stops it.

#5 !momo!

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

Yep taking the sugar polls is the same as not taking them. Apparently in European countries they just don't take the pill for seven days. But here they don't trust us to keep track of the days hense the sugar pill. The idea is so you don't get out of the habit of taking the pill. Pretty sure the condom thing is only when you start taking it and also if you have gastro/ take antibiotics.

#6 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

I never bothered to take the sugar pills. I would with start on active pills on next pack or take a break for the number of sugar pills days.



#7 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

The sugar pills are only there for the cultural sensitivies of those who think they "need" to have a period each month.

It's actually unecessary, so just skip them.

#8 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

QUOTE (Soprano-Cat @ 11/02/2013, 11:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's actually unecessary, so just skip them.


I usually do, but it's been about 4 months since my last one, and I'm starting to get cramping and pains making my think my body's ready/needing to have one?

#9 Bluenomi

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

QUOTE (Soprano-Cat @ 11/02/2013, 12:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The sugar pills are only there for the cultural sensitivies of those who think they "need" to have a period each month.

It's actually unecessary, so just skip them.


That doesn't always work. If I skip them I spend the next month spotting which is far more annoying that having a period. It's easier to skip them if you have light periods but most people with heaveri flows find they will bleed no matter what.

#10 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 11/02/2013, 03:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That doesn't always work. If I skip them I spend the next month spotting which is far more annoying that having a period. It's easier to skip them if you have light periods but most people with heaveri flows find they will bleed no matter what.



That must suck.  I haven't had more than a half-dozen periods in the last 10 years.  And that was always from being forgetful.

#11 blackcat20

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 11/02/2013, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That doesn't always work. If I skip them I spend the next month spotting which is far more annoying that having a period. It's easier to skip them if you have light periods but most people with heaveri flows find they will bleed no matter what.


Me too! I only get 5 weeks before I start to spot so I have to go off the active pills.

#12 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

QUOTE (Soprano-Cat @ 11/02/2013, 03:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That must suck.  I haven't had more than a half-dozen periods in the last 10 years.  And that was always from being forgetful.


OK, this is REALLY going to show my ignorance here, but only having one period every few years, doesn't all the 'stuff' build up and become really feral?

Also, I remember hearing somewhere (no idea where) that you really shouldn't go any more than three or four months without having one.  Is that not the case?

#13 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

the pills makes the uterus hostile to implantation, so there is no buildup.

ETA: As to the second question, i don't believe thees' much research done, but there is a pill being developed that is meant to be taken continuously. I just choose to do it with my own.

It's just a daily dose of hormones that I have in my system anyway which stop me from getting pregnant.  I don't personally believe it will do me any harm.

Edited by Soprano-Cat, 11 February 2013 - 04:02 PM.


#14 elizabethany

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

The body is actually not designed to have as many periods as we do now, the natural order of things is we are either

1) Too young
2) Pregnant
3) Breastfeeding
4) Menopause/Dead

Think how many periods Michelle Dugger has had, and you get the idea.

For those who bleed even when taking a continous dose, it can take a couple of months (up to 6) to settle down.  Yes, even the heavy ones do eventually.  You just have to put up with spotting and breakthough bleeds until then.

The reason there is a break in the pills is it is proof that the pill worked.  The original idea was that it would create stress if you didn't know.  The combined pill was invented years before the home pregnancy test, so it was a peace of mind factor.

#15 Quack Quack

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

so how many people here take the pill continuously with no break?

I usually take the whole box continuously, then have a period between packets.... but gee if its safe, I just won't have one at all  wink.gif

#16 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

Like I said, I've had a handful of periods in the last 10 years.  All due to forgetfulness, not planning.

#17 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE (5*little*ducks @ 11/02/2013, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I usually take the whole box continuously, then have a period between packets.... but gee if its safe, I just won't have one at all  wink.gif


I do this also.  I guess my only concern would be that I am still (relatively young) so wondering how much it would mess my cycle up or make it hard to conceive later on if I decided to continue reproducing.

#18 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

QUOTE (justthegirls @ 11/02/2013, 04:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK, this is REALLY going to show my ignorance here, but only having one period every few years, doesn't all the 'stuff' build up and become really feral?

Also, I remember hearing somewhere (no idea where) that you really shouldn't go any more than three or four months without having one.  Is that not the case?


I was told by a doctor that it doesn't "build up" as it isn't created in the first place, that's what the pill stops.

I have no idea though as I haven't been on the pill in 7 years.

#19 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

QUOTE (justthegirls @ 11/02/2013, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do this also.  I guess my only concern would be that I am still (relatively young) so wondering how much it would mess my cycle up or make it hard to conceive later on if I decided to continue reproducing.



Given that once the hormones are out of your system, which only takes 2-3 days, I would say they'd have zero effect whatsoever on your reproduction.  I know a lot of people claim to have had trouble conceiving after being on the pill for a long period of time, but given that you only have a tiny chance of conceiving each cycle anyway, I would say it's coincidental, rather than causal.

#20 PatG

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

If you do decide to skip periods altogether it is probably a good idea to do a pregnancy test every few months just in case, not because you are at greater risk of getting pregnant but because you may not notice that you are.



#21 elizabethany

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

and I use implanon, which shuts mine off completely for 3 years at a time.  Bliss.

The pill is blamed for causing infertility as it masks real infertility, by regulating periods, reducing bleeding amount, and reducing pain.  There is no incidence of higher rates of infertility, miscarriage or stillbirth of people who have taken the pill.

#22 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

I would go 6m between periods on the Pill. Now on Implanon and in 15m have only had 2 days of spotting x 4 occasions in that time.

I was on the pill relatively continuously (ie only AF breaks once or twice a year) for 10yrs before TTC. Sure my cycles off the pill were all over the place.... But honestly pre pill I had long/irreg cycles anyway. First cycle I discovered OPKs though I fell PG. it was literally a case of egg meet sperm and BDing at the right time (count back of the previous two long cycles showed no DBing when I would have ovulated...like for weeks as DH was away). Happened the same the second time. Third time I had five long cycles TTC, but that is stil within normal limits of conception. I was also pushing towards 35 for that one too.




#23 blackcat20

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

QUOTE (elizabethany @ 11/02/2013, 05:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who bleed even when taking a continous dose, it can take a couple of months (up to 6) to settle down.  Yes, even the heavy ones do eventually.  You just have to put up with spotting and breakthough bleeds until then.


I've been on it almost 5 years, so that theory doesn't stick...

#24 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Thanks for all the replies!  Yay - no more sugar pills for me!!!

#25 HGL

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

I always use to have a seven day break. If I took the pills straight through, I'd end up with 2 weeks of spotting every month anyway.

A family planning dr I spoke to mentioned that there was no reason why women shouldn't skip period and take them straight through. Women lose significant amounts of iron through monthly blood lose so by missing periods, you keep your iron stores up.

FYI, most pill names are suffixed with 'ED' = every day.




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