As long as you have the cysts, skip sugar pills on your doctor's advice only. Sounds like that is what you did. Talk to the doc about your concerns over possible harm to suppressing your period.
I did not decide to skip the sugar pills based on a doctor's advice. I just decided to do it this way because my periods have been the only time I feel any real pain in my pelvic region and I'm trying to get my body used to the new pills as well.
I have an appt with a gyne next week, so I'll ask her if it's okay. Thanks.
I really hope it's no big deal because it will be another 3 weeks before the next sugar pills.
Plus, I just had my period last week and did not want to have it for 4 more days because of the new pills. That's how many sugar pills are in the Loestrin pack.
My sister's doc put her on the pill when she had a big ovarian cyst that wasn't draining or resolving, so it is done often enough I guess. What I can't remember is if he had her suppress her periods. It took three months to fix itself, but the other option would have been to drain it with a needle, and she was satisfied with the milder approach. I think the goal of the pill was simply to keep her from ovulating (and thus stirring up the ovaries with hormones) rather than anything to do with her periods per se.
Thanks again. I will be sure to take the sugar pills next month if the cysts can't dissolve without ovulation or a period. I was hoping to regulate my period more than anything, but I really hope it doesn't harm the cysts, cause them to grow or something. I still don't understand how this stuff works.
My guess, and your doctor will be able to tell you if it's right, is that whether you have a period or not is immaterial, it is whether you ovulate that will affect the ovary. Just a guess.
Thanks a lot, Annie. I wasn't sure when the cysts dissolve. I thought oral contraceptives suppressed ovulation but I'm not sure how long it takes for a body to adjust to new pills and stop ovulating. I've only been on them for a month. I appreciate your input very much. I'll be sure to ask the doc next week. My visit with her will answer lots of questions.