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By November 18, 2010 - 8:39am
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I am on the Alesse birth control pills. If I were to skip the 7 day sugar pills, but did not start the NEW pack 7-8 days later, what would happen? Would I get my period within those 7 days?

Also another question, what if I skipped 1-2 of those sugar pills, but still took the others then what would happen? Would I just get a shorter period?

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I had the exact same problem!

September 6, 2011 - 5:57am

The "sugar" pills (or non-active pills that do not contain any hormones) do not effect your cycle if you do or do not choose to take them. You can consider them more "reminder" pills, as they just help remind you to take a pill every day, so that you can begin your new pill pack (starting with the active, or hormone-containing pills) at the correct time/day.

If you deviate from your prescription, meaning if you begin taking the active/hormone-containing pills later (you mentioned starting a new pack 8 days later), then you would be at an increased risk for pregnancy, and would need to use a condom until you have 7 days in-a-row of active pills (that is only if you miss an active pill, or decide to take one starting at a later date).

November 18, 2010 - 12:34pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

I am not worried about getting pregnant or anything. I just want to know if I would get my period if I don't take those sugar pills but not start a new pack until after 7 days.

Like, would I automatically get my period because I didn't take those sugar pills and just waited 7 days and then started the new pack.

November 18, 2010 - 1:08pm
(reply to pasntai)

Sorry...I misunderstood!

The non-active "sugar" pills do not change anything about your cycle. If you do or don't take them...nothing will change.

You should be getting your period during the 7 days you take the sugar pills, and by the time you start your new pack, your period would be over or nearly-over.

To say it in another way: your withdrawal bleeding ("period") begins when you STOP taking the active/hormone-containing pills. So, when these pills in your pack are at the end, and you begin taking your sugar pills, that is when your "period" should begin. If you do not take the sugar pills, and just wait the seven days to start your new pack, this is fine...it does not change anything. You can totally skip taking the sugar pills, as they are just reminders about when to begin your next pack.

Does that answer your question? If not, can you ask your question in another way...what are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to change when your period begins, or trying to not have a period this cycle? Or, are you just curious what happens when you don't take the sugar pills (I hope I answered that question for you).

November 18, 2010 - 1:43pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

Thanks for replying to my questions. I completely understand everything you are saying and I appreciate the time you are taking to explain this to me. I am not trying to skip my period or change when the cycle begins.

I understand the part you said that if I don't take the sugar pills nothing will happen. I am just curious to know what happens if I don't take the sugar, will I get my period WITHOUT taking the sugar pills? Hope that makes more sense.

November 18, 2010 - 2:10pm
(reply to pasntai)

Yes, you should get your period without taking the "sugar" pills.


November 18, 2010 - 2:32pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

Thanks for your help! Appreciate it.

November 18, 2010 - 3:03pm
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