Girlfriend taking birth control the wrong way

Patient : My girlfriend is supposed to take her birth control for 21 days then stop for 7. She has been taking them every single day without stopping for the 7 in between packages. Is this bad?
Symptoms:  Unusual periods lasting a long time.
Doctor :   Hi, Thanks for the query. I understand your concern. Usually one week gap is advised after 21 pills, so that withd rawal bleeding can achieved in these days which mimics normal menstrual cycle. Taking pills without gap can lead to amenorrhea during these months. Taking tablets like this for few months may not cause much harm. It can help in avoiding blood loss and in improving hemoglobin levels. But better to avoid prolonged usage of continuous hormonal tablets which can lead to hormonal imbalance. Take care.

Related Q&A

Q: When taking POP birth control norethindrone how close to the time you are supposed to take it can it still be effecti...

Q: I've noticed my stomach has been gurgling since the last time i had sex they day after my period ended. I am on birth...

Q: I've been taking junel birth control. I just finish my first pack and now this week I'm on withdrawal bleeding. But i...

Q: Is it ok to take brith control after labral reconstruction surgery?

Q: I was on birth control last month to get my hormones back in control before trying for a baby again. I took to from D...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews