Take or stop the pill

Take a pill

For example, a woman wants to postpone her menstruation because the summer vacation is just around the corner. By taking the pill, it is possible to advance or postpone the time of the menstrual period. In general, it is better for the body to postpone menstruation. Depending on what pill you are taking, it is best to ask your doctor about the exact procedure.

Take pill - what should I pay attention to?

The easiest way is laying the menstrual bleeding with a combination preparation. If you want to move the menstruation backwards, just start a new one immediately after the end of the first pill blister. Take the pill now as long as you want to delay the menstrual period. Then you take the usual seven-day break and then continue to take the pill as usual.

If you want to move your days forward, you can stop taking them before the usual 21 days. However, the pill must be taken for at least 14 days, so that the contraceptive protection is guaranteed. After interrupting the intake, take the usual break and continue taking the pill as usual.

If you want to change the day of the week on which the period begins, you can move your days forward. Break off the intake a few days before the end of the blister pack. Alternatively, it is also possible to shorten the seven-day break. An extension of the income break is by no means possible.

Pill off

Some women want to give birth control pills - for example, because they do not tolerate the pill well, just do not have a permanent partner or want to have a child. In general, it is easily possible to stop taking a blister after the end of a blister pack. If there are health reasons for taking the pill, you should consult your gynecologist before stopping.

In some women, the discontinuation of the pill is associated with side effects: For example, it may cause deterioration of the skin and hair loss. In addition, the menstrual bleeding often becomes stronger and more painful.

After stopping the pill, it may take two to three months for the natural cycle to return to normal and pregnancy is possible. This is because the body has to get used to the hormonal change. In some cases - for example, if you take a very long time contraceptive pill - the time span may be longer.

Pill and antibiotics

Certain medications such as antibiotics or substances that affect the brain (including antidepressants) may reduce the effectiveness of the pill. In such a case, you should use other contraceptives to safely prevent pregnancy.

If diarrhea or vomiting occur within three to four hours after taking the pill, the concept of contraceptive protection is no longer guaranteed. Namely, this time is needed by the body to completely absorb the active ingredients of the pill. In such cases, you should take a second pill from a reserve pack within 12 hours of the usual take. If this does not happen, the pill must be regarded as not taken and appropriate measures must be taken (see: Pill forgotten).

For more information on which medications in addition to antibiotics still lead to interactions with the pill, you can refer to the package leaflet. If you are not sure whether or not a certain drug is compatible with birth control pills, you should consult your gynecologist.

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