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safe to start on contraceptive pill to change cycle?

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inzidoodle Fri 12-Apr-13 12:33:48

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Sidge Fri 12-Apr-13 12:36:49

It's a bit drastic if you don't need contraception and there is no guarantee it will 'shift' your cycle.

See your GP a few weeks before your holiday and ask for norethisterone; it's a hormonal tablet you can take to delay a period. Start it before you're due on and then when you stop taking it (ie when back from holiday) you will have a bleed.

inzidoodle Fri 12-Apr-13 13:03:24

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AMumInScotland Fri 12-Apr-13 13:03:56

When you stop the pill, your body makes up its own mind about where you ought to be in your cycle, so there's absolutely no guarantee that your cycle will neatly shift by the right amount. So you could have the withdrawal bleed and then have a proper period at just the wrong time anyway.

If you want to keep it under control, then you could take it till October and see if you are happy with the improvement it makes to your pms, assuming you don't dislike it for any other reason. That way you could control when you'd have the withdrawal bleed by running two packs together if necessary. Or not, as it tends to be much less than a proper period anyway.

Or as Sidge says just get something short-term to stop that period.

The Pill isn't predictable enough to be sure of having the effect you want - it could change your cycle by the right amount, or some other amount, or not at all, depdning on how your body reacts to being on it and then coming off it again.

inzidoodle Fri 12-Apr-13 13:23:52

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