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Starting my new pack of pills late? Should I wait for my next period??

By August 3, 2017 - 1:37am
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I have been on Gynera for 4 months. It is a 21-pill combination pill. I finished my 4th pack and i am on my pill-free week. I am oveseas now and i brought one pack with myself, i have my next pack with me (5th one) but i am staying here longer than i planned and i don't think i will be able to start my 6th pack on time ( i think at best i will start it 7 days late). I will see my boyfriend during the 6th pack time, when i get back. What should i do? Continue and start my 5th pack on time and take 6th pack 7 days late? Or wait for my next period to start and take 5th pack as day 1?

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Hi, if the 'period' we have on birth control pills is not real but is a hormonal discharge how can we rely on it to know whether we are pregnant or not?

August 10, 2017 - 5:39am
Guide (reply to nurn)

Hello nurn,

Birth control pills prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. Take a daily active pill at the same time each day achieves this.

During the week of inactive pills, you have withdrawal bleeding and not a true period.

The bleeding, which includes the shedding of the uterine lining, is proof that you are not pregnant.


August 10, 2017 - 8:23am

Hello num,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

If you will not be sexually active while overseas, do not start the new pack. Resume taking your birth control pill after the period of withdrawal bleeding and you have returned home.

As a precaution, your boyfriend should use a condom for the first week during sexual activity.


August 3, 2017 - 8:13am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi thank you very much for your answer! I was thinking and came up with an idea. Can i do something like this : since i am in 4th packs pill-free week, i start 5th pack 7 days late on purpose (i wont be sexually active for the whole cycle anyway) then when i finish 5th pack i take my 7 days interval and start 6th pack on time ( i will meet my boyfriend after i start 6th pack). That way i will have full cycle of pills taken and when i meet my boyfriend we wont need extra protection. Is this okay?

August 3, 2017 - 11:48am
Guide (reply to nurn)

Hello nurn,

The choice is yours.


August 4, 2017 - 8:38am
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