Popping pills is far from my favorite thing in the world, and I’m sure a lot of people can relate. The reason why I chose the birth control pill as my form of contraception for so many years remains a mystery to me, but here we are eight years later without a baby, so I guess it worked, right? Even though oral contraception clearly gets the job done, I'm sure if you're on the pill, you've wondered, can you skip birth control placebo pills every time a cycle reaches that stretch? I mean, why consume something that has no benefit whatsoever to your body?
The assumption that placebo pills don’t serve a purpose isn’t entirely true. Why would your doctor prescribe a pack of 28 pills, seven of which are just fillers? Answer: They wouldn’t. While it’s true that the final week of each pack of birth control features inactive capsules (in other words, sugar pills) that don't contain any actual hormones, all seven of them are included in the pack for a reason.
It turns out there are pros and cons to skipping birth control placebo pills. What it comes down to is how your unique body responds to your menstrual cycle, and how you want to cope with the symptoms. Here are a few interesting facts to consider before you decide what's right for your time of the month.