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Can I take a break whenever I want on birth control?

By Anonymous June 26, 2015 - 1:58pm
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Hello Empowher,

Im on birth control (cilest) and I am going to a festival next weekend. I am due my withdrawal bleed so I have carried on to a new packet of pills without having a withdrawal bleed to prevent this. The festival ends on Sunday, so could I stop taking my pills on Sunday and have a withdrawal bleed then? Or will this mess up my birth control? In My birth control there is Ethinylestradiol 35 micrograms and norgestimate 250 micrograms in each and every pill.


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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

It is likely that your withdrawal bleeding will begin on Sunday, but I can't say for sure. If you alter the way you take your birth control pills you should expect your menstrual cycle to be irregular for potentially 2-4 months.

I hope this helps.

Be well,

June 26, 2015 - 3:13pm
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