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Skipping Periods on Birth Control

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

Reading Grade Level (Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level): 4.9

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