What should I do if I miss a pill?

I missed a pill...I took my pill late...

It depends on what type of pill you’re on and how far into the pill pack you are. If you’re on the combination pill, and it’s been 48 hours or less since your last pill, just take it as soon as you remember. Take the pill you missed even if that means you’re taking two at the same time. If you take two pills at once, you might feel nauseated, so try taking them with food. If it’s been more than 48 hours since your last pill, take one of the missed pills as soon as you remember, leaving the other one in the pack. Then take today’s dose at the time you normally would AND use a back-up method of birth control, like condoms, every time you have sex for the next seven days. The first week of your pills is the most important to prevent ovulation. If you miss a pill in the first week, that’s a bigger deal than a missed pill in a later week. In addition to taking your missed pill ASAP, you will also need to use a back-up method of birth control every time you have sex for the next seven days. If you’re on any brand of mini-pill (also called the progestin-only pill) besides Slynd, there are totally different rules. If you’re more than 3 hours late taking a pill during any week of your pill pack, you could get pregnant if you have unprotected sex, and you need to use a back-up method for 48 hours. 


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