Can You Skip Your Period? Why Can’t This Woman Find a Doctor Who Will Allow a VBAC?

Playing Can You Delay a Period?

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Viewers get some one-on-one feedback with OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry. One viewer wants to know if she can delay getting her period during an upcoming vacation. Dr. Nita says that if she is on hormonal contraception, she can easily just skip the sugar pills. Or, if on the NuvaRing you can skip the removal week and insert the next one.

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But if someone is not using hormonal contraception, there is a progesterone, norethindrone acetate, that can be prescribed a week before the period is supposed to start and then be used throughout the duration of it. Endometriosis sufferers use this on a long-term basis and Dr. Nita says is safe for most to do, but as always, consult with your doctor first. This may sound too good to be true and that's possible; there could be side effects to taking the progesterone including acne, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness and mood changes.

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Also, Annie joins The Doctors and asks if she had a C-section for her first birth, why is it so hard to find an OB/GYN who will allow her to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) for her next?

Dr. Nita explains that a lot of doctors won’t do it because they have to be ready for an emergency C-section and sometimes hospitals just don’t have the resources available to safety offer that to women. For women who have had a C-section, there is an increased risk of uterine rupture which can be life-threatening for both the baby and the mother. When babies are breech, as Annie’s was, you need to ask why. Is there something anatomically wrong in the uterus that made the first baby breech? If not, and the next baby isn't breech, then Dr. Nita says there is a high probability of success with a VBAC for Annie.