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[–]Nugfairy 29 points30 points  (2 children)

My male friend once wanted to take a "pill" . I gave him one of those, knowing it was a sugar pill lol.

[–]aleister94 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Sugar pill? Why are there sugar pills in a birth control pack?

[–]nosyarg_the_bearded 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Some birth control has a period week where you just take a placebo pill. That way you don't lose the habit of taking the pill, but give your body a rest from the hormones.

At least that's how I understand it, but hey, I'm male.

[–]smoothie_monster 66 points67 points  (1 child)

It's pretty easy to tell the genders of the redditors in this thread so far

[–]DestinyPvEGal 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's amazing how many people have no clue about anything related to periods.

[–]demuro1 25 points26 points  (16 children)

Actually some forms of birth control actually do have iron and vitamins in that week

I used to date a girl who would alter her cycle. I wasn’t clear on the specifics but if she just started another pack that week she could prevent her period that month or something. She did it multiple times because we had vacations planned and she didn’t want to be on her period during a few of those vacations.

[–]Lid4Life 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I'm not sure if you haven't come across other women that use the pill to skip their period, but it is pretty common and mostly a personal preference...

[–]TheRedmanCometh 1 point2 points  (1 child)

As a dude why don't all women do this? It seems like a huge inconvenience

[–]MoriKitsune 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Expensive. Also it has to happen eventually- it’s not like you can avoid it forever

[–]demuro1 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Only two women I dated have done it. I always thought it was a little risky. I can see here and there but all the time is bound to come with some long term side effects. Mostly I was just worried for their health.

[–]tedioustenner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't know what midol is, assuming it's a painkiller and can say that would be f'in genius!

[–]meemoe8 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Living in the UK, placebo pills are pretty unheard of. Would like to see those let alone pain killers for the fun time of the month.

[–]tedioustenner 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yup. Same in Ireland. None here afaik.

[–]I-IOLWE 9 points10 points  (7 children)

Don't get it

[–]CLENicoleMarie 49 points50 points  (6 children)

The week of pills you take during your menses are placebo so why not throw in something useful like Midol for your cramps :)

[–]I-IOLWE 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Ohhhhhhhh and is there a reason to include them at all?

[–]walshe25 37 points38 points  (4 children)

It’s to keep up the habit of “a pill a day”. If you stop taking them when they aren’t needed, you’re more likely to forget them when they are needed.

[–]redeyesredbull 8 points9 points  (3 children)

But my doctor always told me that if I didn't take them every day, they wouldn't work. Kind of like how ssri's don't work day to day but you have to take them for weeks before they convince the brain to make serotonin, and missing a day would just kinda fuck up it's system.

[–]Polaritical 5 points6 points  (0 children)

No because 1 of the weeks literally isnt the medicine. They're sugar pills. It's to help women track that they haven't missed any pills as a single missed pill during an active week is kind of a big deal pregnancy wise

[–]Fofo336 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Your doctor is fake news

[–]blackcatt42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jesus lord yaaas