Stopping Your Period With the Pill: What You Need to Know

December 12, 2015

If you are a woman who has wondered whether or not it is safe to stop having your period while on the pill, wonder no more. It is absolutely possible and safe for many women, however it is important to understand what to expect.

The Facts

You do not actually have your period when you take the 28-day cycle pills. The bleeding from the seven pills you take during the days your cycle would normally occur are simply a reaction to stopping the hormones. This is not your period and if you do not have this bleeding, it does not affect the state of your health. You should be able to continue with active birth control pills every 21 days without concern, however always consult with a physician prior to making this decision on your own.


The benefits of eliminating the menstruation cycle are quite significant for many women. Some benefits might include the elimination of menstrual symptoms such as breast tenderness, bloating, mood swings or headaches. You will also no longer have any interruption to your romantic life. Keep in mind that each woman is unique and this process affects everyone differently. This process may alleviate the discomfort for those who suffer from hefty periods.

Potential Issues

If you choose this method of birth control, it will become increasingly difficult to know whether or not you are pregnant. Remember that no birth control is 100 percent effective and the less consistent you are with your pills the greater your risk for pregnancy. If you begin to have pregnancy symptoms, which often mimic menstruation symptoms, take a pregnancy test. You should also routinely meet with your doctor. Another possible issue is that you may experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding.

OBGYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

Our purpose is to improve your quality of life within our capabilities. If you feel you are ready to eliminate your menstrual cycle while taking the pill, contact us today so that, together, we can determine the best course of action to make your life better.