Continuous birth control pills are the best option if you’re interested in skipping your period. There are several choices that will vary the length of your cycle.
What Should I Take for Less Frequent Periods?
Continuous birth control pills put you on a 91-day cycle. You will have 12 weeks of consecutive birth control pills before you take seven days off for your period. These pills have a combination of estrogen and progestin. Because the estrogen dose is particularly low, it means that your period will usually be short. In fact, you may only bleed for three days.
Some examples of continuous birth control bills include:
What Should I Take for Shorter Periods?
If you simply want to delay your period for a few days and have a shorter period, you can choose birth control with more than 21 days in the cycle. You can get a 24-day cycle and four-day period with:
Lo Loestrin Fe offers a 26-day cycle followed by two days of estrogen-only pills and two days of placebos. This leads to a lighter, shorter period as well.
What are the benefits of skipping periods?
The obvious perk of skipping your period is the opportunity to avoid the hassles of menstruating, which can include symptoms like mood swings and painful cramps. However, there are some other health benefits that you may enjoy from less frequent periods as well. These include relief from:
- Heavy bleeding.
- Menstrual migraines.
- Fibroid tumors.
If you’re interested in trying continuous birth control for less frequent periods, contact your Nurx™ medical provider to find the best option for your needs.