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I need to stop my period by tomorrow afternoon. I just

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I need to stop my period by tomorrow afternoon. I just started a light flow/spotting this morning. Nothing is "flowing" yet but if I wipe there is a little pinkish red on there and I am cramping. Can I stop it using a new pack of birth control pills? I just found out that I will have to go on a Girl Scouts camp out tomorrow afternoon and will be in the middle of nowhere trying to watch/entertain/handle 25 7 year-old girls. I take Ortho Tri Cyclen. I'm on the green placebo pills now but already have my new pack. Please help me, there has to be SOMETHING I can do!!!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also would tampons and ibuprofen help, hurt, or do nothing either way to stop /speed things up???
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.

Once a period starts, it can be a little difficult to stop it. However, you can probably do so by doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling your pills.

I would take 2 pills now, then another one later today, then 2 tomorrow morning. Hopefully that will stop your period, and then you can continue just 1 pill daily until it's OK for your period to start.

I would take the pills at the start of your pack. There are small differences in the different pills in your tri-phasic pack, but the differences aren't that much to matter. Best wishes.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How long should I wait today to take the second dose? And will it hurt/help to take ibuprofen and use tampons?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also by doing this, am I still protected against pregnancy or dose taking so many pills affect the protection against pregnancy?
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.

I would take the second dose about 12 hours after the first.

I don't think it will either help or hurt to take iburofen or use tampons.

You are still protected against pregnancy.

Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.

Sorry for the delay. I'm getting used to the new format on this site.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you so much! Can I use my pill to skip periods also or is it only with the mono type pills?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
you said start with the regular beginning white pills correct?
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.

You can use your pills to skip periods. Some pills work better for this than others, but usually it's just a matter of trying any pill to see how well it works for you.

Sometimes when trying to skip periods, some breakthrough bleeding might occur after a while. But it may work very well, with your pills or any other.

Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.

Yes, start with the beginning white pills.