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Delaying Period on Triphasic
Rae14 posted:
I'm looking to delay my period for a month, and I'm currently taking Triphasic birth control. I was told that due to the change in hormones in the birth control I take, I should take the first three weeks of this pack, and then take the THIRD week of the next pack to delay my period over that 4th week. I was told this way works best, because my body won't react to any change of hormones like it would if I started with the 1st week of a new pack instead. Is this correct?
Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear Rae: I hear what is being suggested, and on a theoretical basis that is correct. However, on a clinical basis I don't think it would make that much of a difference. There is no specific increase in breakthrough bleeding (BTB) where you go from one strength to another in your current regimen--correct? If you were my patient I would suggest that you just skip the placebos and move into the next new pack for three more weeks. For answer that is most specific to you and your health history you should ask the GYN or clinic that prescribed your Triphasic pills.

There is always a risk of increased BTB when one does a longer cycle regimen. Hopefully that won't happen to you.


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