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is it normal for progestin only birth control pills to stop your period?

By November 27, 2015 - 1:36pm
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i am taking progestin only birth control pills (Lyza) and i have only been on them two months. i started my first pack the first day of my period and have been taking them everyday, same time, everyday since. so i'm on the two month mark and i have not seen a period at all i have tested for pregnancy also a negative, is this normal for these pills to stop your periods like this and so soon after starting them? thank you.

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I am trying to skip my period once or twice and just started taking Lyza. Is Lyza a good birth control pill to avoid your period? I heard if I take it 21 days and then start a new pack, it will help. Is that right?!

December 1, 2018 - 7:41pm
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Hello, Anon. 

Ask your GYN for advice on how to use the pills for that purpose, just to be sure. Both combination and progestin-only pills can stop or delay periods. Combination pills being the better choice according to the resource below.



December 2, 2018 - 6:31am

Hi problmatic,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

No menstrual cycle is listed as a common side effect for progesterone only birth control pills.  See below:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods.
  • Sore breasts.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Bloating or weight gain, especially with the birth control shot.
  • No menstrual periods. Although mini-pill use can stop periods, the shot is most likely to do so.

Another thing to consider is that you've only been taking it for 2 months and it can take up to 4 months to have your body adjust.

I hope this helps.

Be well,


November 27, 2015 - 2:22pm
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