The pill is taken for 21 days, then paused for 7 days – during this time there is bleeding. But can you take the pill and do without the pill break? Is this harmful or completely okay? Here you can read everything you should know.Granted, the pill has lost a lot of its popularity in recent years – but it is still considered to be the safest contraceptivewith which the start of the menstrual period can be planned exactly to the day.
But what if you suspend monthly bleeding like? Is that possible or is it harming your body? We have the answers!
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Bleeding during the pill break: you should know that
What you may not know: The bleeding during the pill break is not to be equated with a “real” menstrual bleeding. Rather, the bleeding that occurs during the pill break is “withdrawal bleeding” caused by a “trick”. By taking the pill, the woman’s 28-day cycle is merely imitated, and the so-called withdrawal or withdrawal bleeding only simulates the period artificially.
It works like this: When you take the pill, the lining of the uterus builds up, similar to the natural menstrual cycle. If the pill is paused, the hormone supply also falls and the mucous membrane is shed.
From a medical point of view, this bleeding is therefore not necessary – but some women still want to bleed every month because they keep a feeling for the processes in their bodies.
Taking the pill: this is how a long cycle works
In the long cycle, the pill is taken without a break so that your hormone levels remain constant. This eliminates the withdrawal bleeding that would otherwise set in after 21 days of intake.
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You decide for yourself how long you want to take the pill. Some women take the pill for several years, others take a seven-day break after three months. How the long-term cycle is designed can best be discussed with the gynecologist.
Another thing you should know: Many women think that this is the long-term cycle negatively affect fertility makes it harder for a woman to have a child after stopping the pill. That’s not true! Temporary ovarian suppression has no effect on your fertility. The number of follicles in the ovaries does not change.
Pregnancy is possible again after stopping the pill. How quickly this happens depends on how well the body regenerates and produces its own hormones again after taking the hormones.
Benefits and risks of taking the pill
Taking the pill: yes or no? You can consider the following points when making your decision.
Taking the pill – these are the advantages:
- Complaints such as PMS, water retention, mood swings, and food cravings are minimized
- Iron deficiency, which is caused by heavy bleeding, can be avoided
- Since there are no menstrual symptoms, fewer painkillers have to be taken
- Endometriosis can be alleviated
These are the disadvantages:
- When you start taking the pill, the risk of thrombosis increases. However, this is not only the case with the long-term cycle, but with every new pill intake that is started.
- The hormone dose is higher than when taking conventional pills.
- In the event of a pill break, menstruation can be completely absent, which leads to uncertainty
Whether you take the pill or not is definitely a question of your personal well-being, because the withdrawal bleeding is not medically necessary. If you are unsure, you should speak to your gynecologist.