Don’t you wish that you could control your period to work around your busy life? According to a study by the University of Oregon so do 20% of women who delay or skip their periods by changing how they take their birth control. Unfortunately, most women get the information on how to alter their cycles from non-medical sources. Any medication should be strictly followed. So why do these women put their health and well-being at risk to alter their cycles?
Think about this…you are about to go on vacation and you want to make sure that you can go swimming and enjoy the vacation but it is the same week that your period is due. Wouldn’t you want to be able to control it and make it so you have it before or after your vacation? Many would. Some actually do.
There are some birth control pills that boast only four periods per year, such as Seasonale. They appear to be marketing to those who take birth control for convenience, not for medical reasons.
Is it safe to alter your period? Research has shown that decreasing the number of periods you have per year can reduce the risk of developing ovarian or endometrial cancer. However there is not enough evidence to fully support this statement.
In a study, women who preferred to only have one period per year were more likely to alter their birth control schedule than those who would be okay with three to four periods per year.
Before altering your medication, make sure that you speak with your OB/GYN to make sure that it will be right for you. Messing with taking hormones can lead to problems depending on your current health.