... period. I understand that this shouldn't be done on a regular basis, but is it okay to do it at all? Would I be putting myself at risk to getting pregnant this way?
Yes it is fine to do it a few times a year. It would add no risk.
Yes, you can do this up to 3-4 times each year and no, it doesnt put you at risk for pregnancy. Having a period isnt what leads to pregnancy. Ovulation (release of an egg cell) is what causes pregnancy-if the egg is released and fertilized. Birth control pills prevent ovulation. You can bleed without ovulation and you can ovulate without having a period. So skipping a period occasionally will not compromise your protection. Missing ACTIVE pills is what can lead to pregnancy. Your green pills are inert-not active-there is no hormones or medication in them. They are only to remind you to take a pill each day. It is this drop in hormones that triggers your period. Skipping the inert pills may or may not prevent your period. Some women still bleed and/or spot and some are able to successfully skip a period. If you are able to skip your bleeding, dont be surprised if the next period is heavier.
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