Is it safe to take only your hormonal birth control pills, and skip the placebo ones?
By Attia @ Planned Parenthood | June 29, 2020, 5:56 p.m.
Category: Birth Control
I was reading the newspaper and they said it was safe to take all of your hormonal pills and skip the non ones. I have been doing that for 6 months is this considered safe???
Yup, it’s totally fine to skip the non-hormonal pills (aka placebo pills or reminder pills) in your pill pack. The non-hormonal pills are just there to help you remember to take your pill every day and start your next pack on time. Sometimes the non-hormonal pills also have supplements in them, like iron, which can be helpful for your general health but aren’t needed for pregnancy prevention.
If you skip your non-hormonal pills and jump right to your next pill pack without taking any break, you can skip your period. You can do this every once in a while (like for a special occasion), or you can do it every month. It’s totally safe to skip your period using birth control pills, and it won’t affect how well they work to prevent pregnancy. If you do this, you may have some spotting, especially if you haven’t done it before or only do it every now and then. This is totally normal and safe.
If you don’t take the hormone-free pills and instead take a break from pill-taking, you’ll still get your period. Just make sure you remember to start your next pack on time, or you’ll be at risk for pregnancy.
Tags: periods, birth control, the pill