I am on the pill and have been for a number of years. sometimes i skip the red pill so i dont get my period. For about the last week i have had blood, but not much, what does this mean? Is it just my bodys way of telling me i need to have me cycle?

Many oral contraceptives

Many oral contraceptives (OCs) have a week of "sugar" pills that contain no hormones. These cause the body to have "withdrawal bleeding" or menstruation. In some cases you can skip these pills to avoid having a periods. However, you should not skip these pills without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist for details, as this practice can compromise the effectiveness of the pill.

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

Dr. Williams

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