A 25-year-old female asked:
if i missed two birth control pills in a row should i double the next dose or continue taking one a day like i would normally?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Gregory Hines answered
23 years experience Family Medicine
No: You should use some other form of birth control, as missing two pills in a row generally negates their effects.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Thomas Rohde answered
34 years experience General Practice
Take extras: To make up for the two missed ones - take one extra now, another in 2 hours in addition to your regular daily dose - each 2 hours apart. Nonetheless, this may cause some upset stomach/nausea with the higher dosing. I would also encourage you to use an alternative method of birth control for the remainder of your pack as well - condoms, foam , etc. Just to be on the safe side.
Answered on Oct 7, 2016
Dr. Lonna Larsh answered
29 years experience Family Medicine
Both are right: Missing two in a row makes it more likely that you will ovulate, so you are more likely to get pregnant that month. Don't have sex until you start your next packet of pill, or use condoms (always good to do anyway to protect from stis). I recommend taking 2 the day you remember and 2 the following day. Don't just stop the packet or your period will be more likely to be messed up (irregular).
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
Dr. Francine Yep answered
30 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on Pill: Depends on kind of pill you take: combo estrogen-progesterone or just Progesterone pill. For estrogen-progesterone pills, it depends on where you are in the package. For a handy chart, see: http://www.Plannedparenthood.Org/health-topics/birth-control/if-forget-take-pill-19269.Htm this helps you know if you need to use back up method and for how long.
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
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