July 25, 2024
birth control pills

Yes, there’s a chance you could get pregnant if you miss one pill, but generally, the chance of pregnancy isn’t any higher than usual – with one exception: your risk is higher if you’re using progesterone-only pills.

What to do after missing the birth control pill?

If you missed one pill, take it as soon as you remember. Then, continue taking your pills as usual. You don’t need to use backup protection if you only missed one pill. But, if it makes you feel better, then go for it.

If you missed more than one birth control pill

If you missed more than one pill, or if it’s been more than 48 hours since you last took one, that’s another story.

If it happens during week 1 or 2:

  • Take the most recent pill you missed as soon as possible.
  • Throw away any other missed pills.
  • Keep taking the remaining pills in your pack as you normally would, even if it means taking two pills in 1 day.

If it happens during week 3:

  • Take the most recent pill you missed as soon as possible.
  • Throw away any other missed pills.
  • Finish the rest of the hormonal pills in your current pack; then, skip the entire week of your hormone-free reminder pills and instead start a brand-new pack as soon as possible

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