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Question: improper use of birth control


 parkball2 - Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:57 pm

my girlfriend has improperly taken her birth control pill (yaz) for about 8 months. She has taken 3 weeks of the active pills and then at the end of the third week, she starts a new pack of pills so she has not had an "inactive" pill in 8 months. She has done this in order to avoid getting her period. She has started taking the pill as indicated for the last two months but has not gotten her period. Is this normal? can something like this affect a future pregnancy?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:46 pm

User avatar Hello,
What she is doing is not uncommon and not harmful. In this pill it would be referred to as using it "off label" and many drugs are used this way. Some pills are actually prescribed for continual use, reducing periods to quarterly or annually. It is not necessary to have a period to be healthy and it will not interfere with future fertility concerns or pregnancy.

Best wishes.

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