... the same week my period is due. The pill has regulated my period, but I still have bad cramps at times and somewhat heavy bleeding at times also. I really do not want to deal with this on my vacation. Would it be safe to skip the placebo pills that week and start right in on a new pack? Also would this compromise my level of protection against pregnancy by doing this?
You can start a new pack and skip the inactives and still be covered. As long as you don't skip active pills completely or take medications that can lower the effectiveness of the pill, you should be fine. Contact a pharmacist for a list of medications that will reduce the pills effectiveness. There is a pill called seasonique that lets you only have either 3 or 4 periods a year.
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