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Old 07-10-2008, 01:04 PM
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Skipping your period?

I've been reading up about skipping your period (using specifically, the Nuvaring). There seems to be a general consensus that it's not harmful for your body, but can anyone give me more insight into this?

Here's one of the sites I found:
WikiAnswers - Is it possible to skip a period using the Nuvaring
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:14 PM
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I have no first hand experience with this,
but anything that causes your body to go unnaturally out of its normal rythyms and cycles can not be good for you.
(as nice an idea as it sounds to not have a period and not be pregnant)
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:22 PM
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I have no first hand experience with this,
but anything that causes your body to go unnaturally out of its normal rythyms and cycles can not be good for you.
(as nice an idea as it sounds to not have a period and not be pregnant)
IMO.
I totally agree. I am very hesitant to do anything to make me "not" have a period. We are given them for a reason, and as much as I despise them, without it just doesn't seem right.

These drugs are so new, and with all the drug recalls that have been going on, it just doesn't seem worth it to me. I know several people who have used many types of birth control (many which alter their periods) have more trouble conceiving later...coincidence? Not so sure. Again, JMHO.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:23 PM
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^ i agree with luvapup. often, as women, we see having your period as a negative thing and for some, periods can be very difficult and painful. as much as that sucks, your period is one indicator that you are a healthy woman. if you are regularly having your period, not getting it can be your first indicator that something is wrong with your body (cancer, excess stress, etc.)

i also found this information regarding athletic amenorrhea (i am not sure how this translates into amenorrhea due to contraceptives as you are considering, but you may want to ask your doctor):
However, failure to menstruate over a long period of time is linked with reduced secretions of female hormones, such as oestrogens. These hormones are made in adipose tissue as well as the ovaries; therefore when the levels of body fat are very low, oestrogen production is reduced. Oestrogens are required for normal mineralization of bone. Low levels of female hormones in young women are associated with a weakening of bones, an increased risk of stress fractures, and osteoporosis. The situation is further exacerbated if the dietary intake of calcium is low. Nevertheless, people of all ages (except young amenorrheic women with low blood oestrogen levels) benefit from exercise, particularly when it is combined with a high calcium diet. It increases bone mineralization and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

i stopped getting my period a few years ago due to athletic amenorrhea and it was the only indicator for me that i was doing potential harm to my body. it took almost a year, plus hormone injections to finally get my period back.

this is my personal experience - you should talk to your doctor.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:27 PM
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honestly... i wish i could find something that would do just the opposite.
like one ginormous long lasting period for a who cares how long.. and then it's done. FOREVER!

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Old 07-10-2008, 01:27 PM
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Agree with all of the above.
Irregularity was how I found a tumour. And when you are young and apparently healthy, doctors tend to dismiss symptoms that "don't fit". I say don't mess with your body, but treat it well and look into anything that worries you.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:39 PM
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It is possible to delay when you are on the pill by simply skipping the placebo week and moving onto the next pack...everything is controlled by hormones, and when you stop taking the hormones telling your body to NOT get it, then you will get it. However, if you keep taking those hormones, you can delay it. This is the idea behind the "four periods a year" pills.

As far as the medical danger of it, I have a friend who was actually told that it was alright to skip it by doing this, when she realized that the "special" week was going to fall the same time as her honeymoon, and didn't want to deal with the problems caused by it. Her doctor told her not to make a habit of it though.

ETA: The hormones in most types of BC tell your body not to ovulate, but you still build up a uterine lining and all that other stuff.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:48 PM
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^ Yeah, my friend didn't take the sugar pills but the regular ones instead so she wouldn't get it during a week of camping, but had really bad cramping instead.

It can be intrusive, but I'd rather have it regularly for peace of mind.
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I did this for two months while I was in India the first time. i used my regular birth control pill but just skipping the last "period" week (blank pills) and went right to the new pack. I do NOT recommend it- I felt like I had pms for 2 straight months after I skipped the first one- really bloated, sore boobs (sorry tmi), moody, and out of it.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:53 PM
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I agree with DQ and Joan; I hate getting my period too because I get VERY VERY bad cramps soemtimes (I need to pop 3 ibuprofen to make it go away a little ). However, I've grown up with the principle of not pumping anything in your body unless its necessary. My parents never took me to the doctor unless it was for things like strep throat or ear infections and I never got antibiotics or any kind of drug unless it was essential for getting better. Any kind of hormone pill falls in this category too, so I tend to just put up with getting a period
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if you are just doing it for the convienence factor, i wouldn't.

if you are like me, however, where you literally cannot function as a normal human being when you have your period, then that is another story. i skip mine because i'd rather not be writhing in agony for two to three days, vomiting and passing out from the pain. additonally, i have to do it to prevent ovarian cysts from forming.

i've done this for years, and did not have a problem getting pregnant. but, as others have said, check with your doctor before you do anything to be safe!
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While everyone is saying that doing something that causes you to not have your period isn't a natural thing for your body - and they are right - I have to point out the case of if you are indeed already on BC you technically aren't having a "real" period either. The bleeding that occurs on your period isn't due to ovulation and your body isn't really menstruating. When BC was created the pills you take the week you "get you period" were put in as a convenience factor so women could still monitor their "cycle" and assure themselves they were indeed not pregnant. Since BC controls ovulation, and you don't release an egg, they say you can skip your period all together (as in the case of the 4 a year pill) because the monthly bleeding on BC is rather pointless.

Just wanted to add that.
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if you are just doing it for the convienence factor, i wouldn't.

if you are like me, however, where you literally cannot function as a normal human being when you have your period, then that is another story. i skip mine because i'd rather not be writhing in agony for two to three days, vomiting and passing out from the pain. additonally, i have to do it to prevent ovarian cysts from forming.

i've done this for years, and did not have a problem getting pregnant. but, as others have said, check with your doctor before you do anything to be safe!
See, that's a medical reason for you to do that; not just convenience. I have been blessed with just mild discomforts, not agonizing pain. I would do whatever it takes to make THAT go away as well. I'm sorry you suffer so much, Kate.
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While everyone is saying that doing something that causes you to not have your period isn't a natural thing for your body - and they are right - I have to point out the case of if you are indeed already on BC you technically aren't having a "real" period either. The bleeding that occurs on your period isn't due to ovulation and your body isn't really menstruating. When BC was created the pills you take the week you "get you period" were put in as a convenience factor so women could still monitor their "cycle" and assure themselves they were indeed not pregnant. Since BC controls ovulation, and you don't release an egg, they say you can skip your period all together (as in the case of the 4 a year pill) because the monthly bleeding on BC is rather pointless.

Just wanted to add that.
Excellent point. I was going to say that, but I didn't want to scare the pill users.
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See, that's a medical reason for you to do that; not just convenience. I have been blessed with just mild discomforts, not agonizing pain. I would do whatever it takes to make THAT go away as well. I'm sorry you suffer so much, Kate.
^ ty it truely does make life very difficult, sadly some people just brush it off as "women's issues." if i didn't have to take BC, i wouldn't. i don't like the idea of it, but it's one of those damned if you do/damned if you don't situations.

now, if there was a way to take out my uterus and store it until i needed it, i'd so be on that
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a friend of mine used this for BC, she said its the best out there. but i don't think she ever tried skipping her period. i've thought about getting it but i would be getting it only for convienence factor. i talked to my doctor about it, bc i sometimes i miss my period for months. my body doesn't deal with stress well. but my doctor said it wasn't necessary to regular my period- since i do annual check ups & its only stress that messes up my period. i think as long as you talk to your doctor & research, find out the pro's and con's. you'll be alright. just becareful because it is messing with your hormones. i decided not to do it only bc i didn't have a good enough reason. plus there are a lot of sideaffects from using it, which for me is not worth it.
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i did for a couple of months last year because of the severe cramping/headaches/vomiting i get during my period and once i stopped the pill everything went back to normal, including the pain
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I use the Nuvaring. One of the first times I used it I forgot to take it out after the 3 weeks and I started to spot - a lot. That's basically when I remembered. I agree with what others have said and I have a couple of things to add...

If you're like me and spot quite a bit, IMO it's just more convenient to just have my regular period than to play guessing games of when it's going to start and stop.

Also, I personally don't like the idea of skipping your period or only getting it a handful of times a year because, as we all know BC isn't 100%. What if you were pregnant and didn't know it. Having all that extra hormones in your body isn't good for the baby!!
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i do it and have been for about 4 years. my doctor doesn't seem to have any problems with it and suggested it. the first fews day of mine are VERY painful (it runs in my family) so this is the best option for me.
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if you are just doing it for the convienence factor, i wouldn't.

if you are like me, however, where you literally cannot function as a normal human being when you have your period, then that is another story. i skip mine because i'd rather not be writhing in agony for two to three days, vomiting and passing out from the pain. additonally, i have to do it to prevent ovarian cysts from forming.

i've done this for years, and did not have a problem getting pregnant. but, as others have said, check with your doctor before you do anything to be safe!
I have also done this same thing in the past for medical reasons (first endometriosis, then for ovarian cysts). While I do not have a period anymore, I do still have functioning ovaries, and therefore feel the emotional, mental, & physical effects of PMS. I would not do this unless there was an actual medical reason. i.e. not for convenience.

And like you Kate, I hate the idea of having to take BCP now (particularly b/c I couldn't get pregnant anyway), so this is my first month (in six) that I am taking off, and I am hoping and praying that I don't get another ruptured cyst.

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honestly... i wish i could find something that would do just the opposite.
like one ginormous long lasting period for a who cares how long.. and then it's done. FOREVER!

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I'd really want that too
But I agree, anything thats causing you not to get your period other than becoming pregnant may not be safe for our bodies.
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While everyone is saying that doing something that causes you to not have your period isn't a natural thing for your body - and they are right - I have to point out the case of if you are indeed already on BC you technically aren't having a "real" period either. The bleeding that occurs on your period isn't due to ovulation and your body isn't really menstruating. When BC was created the pills you take the week you "get you period" were put in as a convenience factor so women could still monitor their "cycle" and assure themselves they were indeed not pregnant. Since BC controls ovulation, and you don't release an egg, they say you can skip your period all together (as in the case of the 4 a year pill) because the monthly bleeding on BC is rather pointless.

Just wanted to add that.
This is true, but you are still having a cycle and regularly cycling hormones etc in a fairly normal fashion albeit a controlled one.

Skipping them totally is different.
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I have also done this same thing in the past for medical reasons (first endometriosis, then for ovarian cysts). While I do not have a period anymore, I do still have functioning ovaries, and therefore feel the emotional, mental, & physical effects of PMS. I would not do this unless there was an actual medical reason. i.e. not for convenience.

And like you Kate, I hate the idea of having to take BCP now (particularly b/c I couldn't get pregnant anyway), so this is my first month (in six) that I am taking off, and I am hoping and praying that I don't get another ruptured cyst.
good luck, meg! i've had 5 ruptured cysts, and holy god they are not fun.
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Kate, have you ever tried acupuncture for your cysts/cramps? I did acupuncture when I was trying to get pregnant (before I knew that the state of my uterus made that impossible). I had horrible cramps, the kind you describe except I did not vomit, all my post-pubescent years and I noticed that my cramps were almost non-existent after the first full cycle of treatment with acupuncture. I also took the homeopathic medication prescribed by my acupuncturist. It sounds like you have PCOS and/or endometriosis? My severe cramps were due to my endometriosis and the uterine septum... Anyway, you might want to give it a shot if you haven't already tried it.

And to the OP, I would say unless you are in severe pain I would not advise skipping your periods on a regular basis. In fact, I don't even like the idea of hormonal birth control on the whole... It's just messing with your natural balance and it can be a delicate balance. I think it is best to treat your body with kindness whenever possible, assaulting it with hormones on a constant basis is not nurturing. Soap box over...
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