Using birth control to stop your period is quite common. There are a lot of reasons you may want to skip your period.
You might have severe period cramps or feel tired and irritable every month. Or maybe you are just fed up with how monthly bleeding affects your lifestyle.
Whatever the reason, know that not all birth control options are equally effective at preventing periods.
(In fact, the period you have if you're already on hormonal contraception isn't actually a period - it's withdrawal bleeding, a response to suddenly stopping hormones during your week off.)
With that in mind, here's the information on the best options around today for stopping your period.
What are non-period birth control pills?
Combination birth control pills are often the most common way to stop periods.
This is because the schedule you use to take them may result in fewer periods or no periods at all.
For example, you can continually take a pill that contains both estrogen and progestin every day until you decide not to.
Or you can take so-called “active” pills for a few months at a stretch before taking a break. During your break, you may take “inactive” pills that are hormone-free for a week.
Other forms of birth control can have "period-less" effects, but there is often less guarantee.
How do non-period birth control pills work?
Planned Parenthood, an advocacy group, claims that combined contraceptive pill packs tend to contain 21 active pills and 7 placebo pills. This means that you will take pills containing hormones for 3 weeks and placebo pills for the last week of each month.
This last week is when you would traditionally have withdrawal bleeding. But if you continue to take the hormone-containing or continuously active pills, you will skip the bleeding part.
Why? Because the drop in hormones prompts the body to release blood and mucus from the uterine lining. This is similar to a regular period, except that the lining of the uterus does not thicken every month.
If there is no change in hormone levels, 2008 Trusted Source research shows the body will continue as it is. However, spotting or light bleeding can still occur in some people.
While you can opt for an extended or continuous schedule with any combination pill, some pills also have little or no placebo options.
And these options are specifically designed for fewer or zero periods.
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