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Accidentally missing birth control pill

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Renee Harris
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Take it: If you miss one, take it as soon as you remember. If you miss two, take 2 a day until caught up. If you miss 3 or more, wait for a period then start a ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
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Perhaps: In checking out the literature there are various opinions some say take two pills the next day, others suggest to use a condom. Many simply say to sta ... Read More
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Dr. Susan Arnoult
25 years experience Family Medicine
Rest of pack: I tell people to use a second form of protection for the rest of the pack. After you have the next period you can consider yourself protected with ju ... Read More
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Dr. Shari Schabowski
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
BCPs: There is no exact answer for this question. Be safe use condoms for two weeks at least.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Roberts
11 years experience Family Medicine
I suppose: It could however i would not expect that missing 1 dose would cause many side effects...Moreso from taking 2 after missing a dose.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Crabb
46 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vaginal spotting: Missing a bcp frequently results in spotting in the next couple days that may continue till the next menses. If you are more that 6 hrs late in taking ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
34 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Let it work out: Obviously your rhythm is messed up, so finish the pack and let the system work itself out
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Not likely: if you only missed one oral contraceptive pill.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jared Adams
11 years experience General Practice
Still protected: Birth control works mainly by preventing ovulation. If you miss a day, take the pill as soon as possible. You will not have ovulated and are still pro ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wendy Askew
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Take monday's: You will end up running out of pills a day early with this pill pack, and thus - you will probably get your period a day earlier than you normally wou ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
   Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time)  is very common on birth control.: It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time.  If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen  then cons ... Read More
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