Why have a period? Patients using hormonal contraceptives can skip their periods for convenience (honeymoon, vacation, etc.) or to treat menstrual symptoms. This sheet answers common patient questions about continuous use of birth control (especially the pill, patch, and ring) and explains how to do so safely.
Spanish: Updated July 2021
Vietnamese and Hindi: Updated 2017
Chinese (Traditional and Simplified): Updated 2016
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