dd wants to go on the pill for a festival, can she do this?

(18 Posts)

i suggested she just tell the GP what its for but she thinks the GP wont allow it?
she is almsot 17,
i have pointed out that the pill just regulates - she thinks it stops. the pill.

i spose the GP might not allow it.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 19-May-14 09:06:10

Does she want to go on the pill to (1) stop her period while at the festive or (2) as contraception?

If (1), its fine to be taken back to back, but she needs to have taken a full month and start her second month a week early. Does she have enough time for this?

If (2) then she needs to be taking it in advance plus use condoms.

shouldnthavesaid Mon 19-May-14 09:07:53

She can possibly take northisterone, which is a progestogen based pill. It, if it works, stops the bleed from happening. She would need to have a good idea of her cycle as she'd have to take it for a period of time before she would normally bleed.

Most GPs should be OK with it.

BrianTheMole Mon 19-May-14 09:09:03

I don't see why the Gp wouldn't agree.

thanks, i dont think she has a very good idea of when her period is due.

she wants it to stop the period during the festival. I am pretty sure that is the reason.

LettertoHerms Mon 19-May-14 09:10:10

She's saying she wants to go on the pill to stop her having periods during a festival? hmm Is that what you mean, your post is a little confusing.

Whatever reason she's saying, if a near-17 year old expressed desire to go on the pill, get her on it. And you (or GP if you prefer) need to make sure she understands how to take it, that it won't prevent pregnancy if not taken properly, and the importance of condoms to prevent STDs.

LettertoHerms Mon 19-May-14 09:10:33

Sorry, cross-post.

Waggamamma Mon 19-May-14 09:32:35

When I was 14 I went on a water sports trip to France. The GP happily prescribed me something to delay my period. She should just explain to the doctor.

If it is indeed for contraception she wants it I don't see an issue but chat to her about stds and encourage condom use to be doubly safe.

She just needs to go to the GP or family planning clinic and talk to them about it. They won't refuse for no reason at all, though obviously we don't know anything about your daughter's medical history that might make it a bad idea for her personally.

If she wants to stop her period for that month, she can run the packs together.

If she might also be thinking about contraception (which would be a good thing as she is at least thinking ahead!) then make sure she knows to also use condoms for STD protection.

TheFairyCaravan Mon 19-May-14 10:05:41

You can take Norethisterone to delay periods, but IIRC you have to have some idea of when it is due.

chocoluvva Mon 19-May-14 10:47:21

DD was prescribed a contraceptive pill to stop her period when she was doing a DofE expedition. The GP gave her three packets!

specialsubject Mon 19-May-14 17:24:55

it's allowed but may not work -some women get more bleeding on some pills!

norethisterone is what she wants.

dexter73 Mon 19-May-14 20:25:02

She must have a fairly good idea of her cycle if she knows that she will be having her period while the festival is on as they are only 2-3 days long usually. (the festival that is not her period!).

whois Mon 19-May-14 22:19:54

It's totally fine. Get her to the GP or family planning. I did packs back to back for a month long expedition type trip abroad when I was 16.

weatherall Mon 19-May-14 22:23:12

I went on the pill for a holiday.

GPS are used to women asking for this.

It is totally safe to take packs back to back.

RuddyDuck Tue 20-May-14 23:23:19

noresthisterone is great. You take it from 3 days before your period is due, then your period starts when you stop taking it. I used to use it a couple of times a year to ensure I didn't have my period when on holiday or at an important occasion, as my periods were very heavy. Now I'm in my 40s they are torrential sad so I now take it on a 3-weeks-on-one-week-off basis to make sure I always have my period starting at the weekend.

If there's time she should start it a month early. When I first took the pill I bled (lightly) for a month before it settled down to between packs hmm

ThePartyArtist Fri 30-May-14 13:38:51

One thing to bear in mind is that a new pill can really affect someone. Lots of people have to try more than one type before they find one that suits them - I went through several types that caused me depression, physical side effects, nausea, etc. before I found one that worked for me. Just saying because these wouldn't be great things to be experiencing at a festival. Having a period at a festival isn't too bad - just go prepared with wetwipes and tampons.

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