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12 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Period

Health Logo By Hallie Levine and Samantha Lauriello of Health | Slide 2 of 11: If you occasionally hack your birth control to avoid your period (say, during a vacation), you're not alone. And fortunately, it's safe. "The idea of having a menstrual period every month is an outdated mind-set," says Adam R. Jacobs, MD, medical director of the division of family planning at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. When you use hormonal contraception continuously, "the endometrial lining is thinned, which means you don't need a period to get rid of it," explains Dr. Jacobs. If you're on the pill, talk to your MD about skipping the placebo pills and immediately starting a new pack. On the ring? Ask about replacing it with a new one right away instead of waiting a week. You may also want to discuss types of birth control that are designed to reduce the frequency of your period.

It's okay to skip your period—really

If you occasionally hack your birth control to avoid your period (say, during a vacation), you're not alone. And fortunately, it's safe. "The idea of having a menstrual period every month is an outdated mind-set," says Adam R. Jacobs, MD, medical director of the division of family planning at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

When you use hormonal contraception continuously, "the endometrial lining is thinned, which means you don't need a period to get rid of it," explains Dr. Jacobs. If you're on the pill, talk to your MD about skipping the placebo pills and immediately starting a new pack. On the ring? Ask about replacing it with a new one right away instead of waiting a week. You may also want to discuss types of birth control that are designed to reduce the frequency of your period.

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