Using birth control pills has become quite common these days. Other than just to avoid the pregnancy, women are using these pills to postpone their periods as well. As most of us know, birth control pills or contraceptive pills are to be taken for 28 days days, while the last week of pills can be skipped. The last week of pills are named as placebo pills or sugar pills that are inactive pills which act like dummy pills. They do not contain any hormones and thus can be treated as dummy pills. Today let us look into the side effects of skipping placebo pills if any.
Types Of Placebo Pills
There are various types of pill packs available in the market that may or may not come with placebo pills. It all depends on the brand. Most of the brands use 28-day pill packs where the first 3 weeks will contain hormone pills while the last 7 days will contain non-hormone or placebo pills that can be skipped if needed. People need to give that 7 day gap before starting another set of birth control pills.
What Are Placebo Pills?
As we said earlier, placebo pills are nothing but sugar pills that contain no active hormones in them. It doesn’t really matter if they are consumed or not consumed. However, some brands produce placebo pills that are rich in vitamins, minerals, iron, folic acid etc. Even when people take placebo pills, they end up getting their period as they are non-hormonal and thus the body detects the drop in hormone levels.
Side Effects Of Skipping Placebo Pills
As we have known about the placebo pills, now it is time to know about the side effects of skipping placebo pills. Many studies and researches were done on this matter so far. Skipping Placebo pills doesn’t show any adverse side effects on the person. There are few side effects of course, but are ignorable. One of the side effects that could be little serious is Breakthrough Bleeding, shortly referred as BTB. It occurs when you use the pill to skip your periods for a long time.
Though this condition gets cured with time as the body adjusts to the effects of the pill, it may continue in some women for longer times. It is recommended to take a break from taking the active pills for at least 4 to 7 days before starting the next set of pills. This will help you avoid the breakthrough bleed condition.
This will help you get the period and avoid unexpected breakthrough bleeding. You have to first take the active pills for 21 days continuously and then take a break for 7 days from taking pills. You need not fret about pregnancy as you are protected from the active pills already.
We conclude by saying that it is better to take doctor advice before deciding on whether to take the pills or not. Skipping the placebo pills can reduce the number of periods one can have. If you decide to skip the placebo pills, know that it can cause you to ovulate, which in some cases leads to pregnancy.