Medical Q&As

Stopping the pill

I am due to come off my pill today and my plan was to stay off it now and try for a baby. However, my husband and I are going on holiday for a week this Sunday and I was wondering could I continue to take it until after the holiday and then stop. Would it make any difference at all or would I need to complete the month?

It is perfectly safe to continue taking your pill without a break. Simply start off on the first pill of your new pack today and keep taking the pill on a daily basis until the pack is finished. Many women choose to do this in order to defer the onset of a period for a few weeks. Sometimes the period might be due to occur at a time that is not particularly convenient such as the day of a new job interview, the start of a honeymoon or the start of important college exams. This practice is perfectly safe but do remember to complete the pack.