posted at 11/26/2007 5:50 PM EST
There are many formulations for the pill, so sometimes that alone can make a huge difference, and a generic discuassion can end up like one person discussing how good fruit is for pie (apples, berries) while the other thinks, fruit for pie (oranges, cantaloupe)? You have got to be kidding.
Endometriosis is treated with some formulas of the pill that allow very little tissue growth during the cycle, and where the tissue may be in some locations.
But for many women, the out of place endometrial tissue is way out of place, from near the fallopian tubes, to outside the uterous in the general abdominal cavity, can be pressing against nerves, on circulatory vessels to kidneys, etc. A nd formulations of the pill that person may tolerate might allow for a lot of tissue growth. So for this condition, this pill, this woman- by the 35 to 40th day, never mind 60, the woman may be in such extreme pain she is rushed in for appendix surgery??? and really, she was simply following friends advice on how to skip a period or change her cycle dates.
So yes, some women on any pill and many women on most pills, can get away with it now and then, or often. But, knowing more than 10 percent and up to 35% of women can have disastrous results (depending on their condition and the pill) or simply undesireable ones (bleeding, nausea, painful cramps for 5 to 15 days)
> it is not reasonable, general advice for all women, especially those who have never had workups, and may have no info from their doctor. Lovely honeymoon if you end up in the hospital in Papua New Guinea over your honeymoon.
But setting aside an extra month's pills, and adding a couple pill days each cycle, so you take 23, 24 or 25 then none or placebos a week - that is as close to risk and side effect free as you can get.
So I (and Wag) never said skipping periods is categorically a bad thing.
Only that if you are doing it for mere convenience, there are ways safe for most everyone involving a few days shift per month, and ways that are risky for way too many people. Why advocate risk taking with reproductive health?