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Question: changing period schedule

 nstites - Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:48 pm

I have been using Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for a couple years now and when I try to skip my period by starting a new pack immediately after the old pack I spot for about a month. I was wondering if I could take the first two weeks of my pack so that I get my period a week early, after which I start a new pack.
 Rhonda P, CEP - Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:03 pm

User avatar Hello Nstites,

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo has four colored pills in it, each one has different levels of estrogen and progestin in it. When you don’t take the green tablets and go back to the beginning you confuse your body, it was preparing to have a menstrual flow when its hormones started saying it was "pregnant" again. This birth control pill isn’t designed to skip the placebo row like some of the “stronger” pills are.

Please talk to your Gynecologist about the problems you’ve had and maybe get a pregnancy test just to make sure everything is alright. Other than that, use protection until you know for sure.

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