HI if i take my next pack of pills after an 8 day gap instead of 7 day gap would i still be protected against pregnancy(trying to work periods around forthcoming holiday)

Many oral contraceptives

Many oral contraceptives (OCs) have a pill-free week. This break from the drugs in the Pill causes the body to have "withdrawal bleeding" or menstruation. In some cases you can go straight into your next pack of pills to avoid having a period. However, you should not change the length of your pill-free interval without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist for details, as this practice can compromise the effectiveness of the pill. I would not recommend extending your pill-free interval.

If you don't want a period, you might also ask your doctor about a type of combined OC pill called extended cycle pills, where women get their periods only four times a year. It works by reducing the number of pill-free intervals which trigger menstruation.

More info: http://www.contracept.org/extended-pills.php

Best of luck,

Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
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