I’ve been on the pill for about 15 years. When I began, I started my pills on Sunday, and my periods ran like clockwork from Monday to about Thursday. But over the years, they began cycling forward in the week, so I started adjusting the schedule. Now I have to start the pills on Thursday to keep my weekends period-free (like it makes a difference in my current life schedule, but it’s just habit, I guess).
I have done the skip-a-period thing exactly twice, both this year: Once when we were driving to Colorado during that week, and last month when I realized that I had miscounted the weeks when scheduling my yearly gyn exam, and it was easier to change my cycle than to change the appointment. Both times I found that the subsequent period was worse (more flow, more cramps, generally ickier-feeling). I feel like absolute crap today.