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The pill - Will I get pregnant if...

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nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 19:58:31

I have just started taking the pill (2 weeks ago). I know that rather than having my period, I can continue taking the pill rather than having a week off, but will this affect the pill working? Or will I get pregnant?

If this is Ok to do, then could I stop taking the pill now for a week and get my period now...? Basically I dont want my period when it is due! But would this affect the action of the pill or might I get pregnant?

I know that it is probably risky to mess around with the pill after only being on it for a short time. Should I let my body get into some sort of cycle with it before doing anything? Will I get pregnant or will there be any other side effects>?

Blandmum Wed 27-Aug-08 20:00:15

NO it will not affect the pill working.

For some people on particular anticonvulasnt drugs this is how they are advised to take the pill.

There is no particualr 'need' to have a period on the pill at all, but it was 'written in' to the pill taking scheme to re-assure woman that they are not pg!

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:03:41

so does that mean I can safely have a week off now with no chance of babies??

Blandmum Wed 27-Aug-08 20:05:37

don't stop a pill packet arly or you will risk getting pg.

Take the next packet without a gap

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:06:18

or is it best to continue with this pack and then start the next one straight away? I would feel better doing that

Blandmum Wed 27-Aug-08 20:06:58

xpost! smile

Take the next pack without a break. It will still work!

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:07:12

thanks MB, thats reassuring - are you a doctor...?

Seona1973 Wed 27-Aug-08 20:08:26

no I think you need to take it for the full 3 weeks to get the right level of hormones to prevent pregnancy in the week you would have no pills. If you stopped them midway through a pack (i.e. after 2 weeks instead of 3) then they would count as missed pills and yes there would be a high possibility of you getting pregnant. Why not just run 2 packs together and not have a period at all?

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:09:38

I will do that! I just thought as I have only been on it for such a short time it might not work properly if i didnt follow the instructions exactly

Blandmum Wed 27-Aug-08 20:11:08

No I'm not a doctor, but I used to be a medical information officer for a phramaceutical company that made the contraceptive pill! smile

This was one of the most common querstions that we had to answer, and I answered at least one a week! grin

PuppyMonkey Wed 27-Aug-08 20:11:52

Apparently, or so I heard, the inventors of The Pill only did the "have a week off so you have a period" thing because they thought women PREFERRED having periods!!!???hmm

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:39:27

Ok next question, basically I dont want my period at weekends ever! At present my pill taking is due to stop on a tuesday and so I will always have my period over the weekend when I get it! So could I take say 4 extra pills straight at the end of this pack to change the timing of my period?

Blandmum Wed 27-Aug-08 20:40:00

Not prefered, as such, but many women are reassured at a regular period as it shows that they are not PG (or very unlikely to be PG)

Some women dislike the POP because often they do not have periods. I had one woman who used to phone me evey month for re-assurance that as she was BF and taking the POP she wasn't pg, she just hadn't ovulated! It used to stress the hell out of her.

I think that with the onset of use of things like the Marena IUD, this attidude is changing as woman feel confident that they are not PG even without a regular period

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:40:55

Ok next question, basically I dont want my period at weekends ever! At present my pill taking is due to stop on a tuesday and so I will always have my period over the weekend when I get it! So could I take say 4 extra pills straight at the end of this pack to change the timing of my period?

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:42:22

sorry for 2x post!

Blandmum Wed 27-Aug-08 20:49:12

I think that you would be OK if you made the pill free gap shorter to shift the day your period starts. But if I am totally honest, I can't remember 100% and would be happier if this was confirmed by a medic! smile

But you should never leave a gap of more than 7 days to try to do it, as that would deffo risk you getting PG

So, can a passing medic or pharmacist advise? smile

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 20:51:17

thanks, I trust your advice, sounds like you are as informed as anyone - I wont go risking anything silly til I know for sure!

Ledodgy Wed 27-Aug-08 20:56:37

Sorry to hijack but Martianbishop can I have a glass of wine if i'm on Clarythromicin or can I not?

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 21:05:16

bump for a medic...

AMumInScotland Wed 27-Aug-08 21:10:11

Eek, you're confusing me having 2 threads...

Not a medic, but lots of biology background...

So long as you take at least 21 in a row, and the gap is never more than 7, you're safe.

(so long as taken on time, no D&V bugs etc!)

PortAndLemon Wed 27-Aug-08 21:12:14

See if you can find emma1977 around -- she's a GP with a special interest in contraception.

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 21:13:48

Sorry for confusing you! I didnt think I would get any replies so posted twice! Thanks for your advice though, I think I have got it sorted! I will take some extra pills at the end of this pack (which will also mean im period free on the weekend!) and then the timing will be better next time - hopefully that will work!

AMumInScotland Wed 27-Aug-08 21:16:14

Yep, or MBs suggestion of starting the fresh pack sooner - that way you won't end up with most of a pack lying round to confuse you!

nobaby Wed 27-Aug-08 21:27:31

Right now im thinking that it would be good to shift my period by a few days. If i was to take 2 packs on the trot and miss this period, could I then stop the second pack a few days early? This would be more than 21 (30 something) pills so would be ok?

ElfOnTheTopShelf Wed 27-Aug-08 21:33:06

I think you can run all your packs back to back if you like, there is no need to stop to have a week off just means you go to the docs more frequently for new pills.
I used to run back to back for a couple of months, but then I had to come off the combined pill due to an illness at Christmas which led the doctors to say I'm only allowed the mini pill, I have had 2/3 periods this year and that is it.

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