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 Post subject: Re: The Birth Control Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:54 pm 
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It probably depends on the type? On the pill I still had 7 day periods, on the mirena I had none ( but lots of cramping so I had to get it out).

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 Post subject: Re: The Birth Control Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:34 pm 
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Totally depends on the type, but estrogen will do a really good job suppressing your period, so if you're on a combination pill (which is most of them), you generally won't bleed as long as you're taking the active pills. So a lot of people will mess around with their pill packs to be taking more active pills/fewer placebos, which seems to be perfectly safe, even over the long run (some people will spot if they do this long-term, but you won't know if that's you till you try). That way you can skip whole months if you'd like, or just lengthen the time between periods and shorten the period itself, depending on how you personally react to the pills. If you're taking a "mini-pill," the kind with just progesterone, you won't necessarily get that effect, and for me, anyway, taking this kind of pill has just made my period completely erratic.


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 Post subject: Re: The Birth Control Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:31 pm 
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fupapack wrote:
I'm thinking of going on birth control to shorten my period. I can't find anything concrete on this as it seems to be a "may happen" sort of thing. Does anyone have any experience with this? I can't take 7 days of it anymore!


My periods on hormonal birth control pills tend to last 3-4 days. My periods were very irregular beforehand due to PCOS so I can't say for sure that will be your experience, but anecdotally, the women I've known that have taken BC have had shorter periods.

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 Post subject: Re: The Birth Control Thread
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:15 am 
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I decided to come off the Nuvaring because starting it seemed to correlate with when my ibs got worse so, I figured it's worth a try.

I took it out a week and a half ago and ever since I've had these awful headaches that just won't go away! They're even waking me in the night. Ugh I guess it's just withdrawal but it's getting too much, I have things to do that don't include hurting!

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