You can shorten your break week at any time. If you’ve been taking your active pills correctly, you’re protected. You don’t need to take sugar pills they just help keep you on a regimen. You also don’t get a period on the pill, it’s withdrawal or breakthrough bleeding. During withdrawal bleed is when you take your “sugar pills” or break week. The breakthrough bleed occurs during your active pill days. Either bleed is normal. Bleeding or lack thereof is no indication of pregnancy.