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Is there anything bad about skipping periods with birth control?
Hi there. I am on NuvaRing, started around the beginning of March. I decided to skip my last period, which was great, and I decided if the insurance lets me get it every three weeks I might skip my periods all the time or at least pretty frequently. Then I started wondering, is there any downside to it at all? Like does anything build up in your uterus that needs to come out? Just curious, thanks.
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My doctor told me that you should at maximum go three packs/rings in a row without having a period, because apparently there's a slight increase in cancer risk after that.  So four periods a year seems to be the lower limit that's considered safe, although I think that going 4 months every few years wouldn't hurt anything.  The bleeding you get on the pill is different from a normal period--it's withdrawal from the hormones.  You don't have to worry about building up a giant lining over the course of three months.
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Well I have Endometriosis which is a medical condition and the only way to stop the pain is to suppress the period so I take the BCP continuously and have for the last 7 yrs. I have had no side effects however I had no choice but to do this and I am not sure what the long term side effects will be only time will tell.

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