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A 18-year-old female asked:

forgot to take 5 days worth of pills & then doubled up to catch up. had breakthrough bleeding & then finished pills. period not here? start new pack?

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Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Do a pregnancy test: If you miss more than 24 hours of pills, then you are not "safe" from pregnancy. So you should do an OTC test first before you start the next pack. If you have been sexually active during that week, than you need to wait at least 10 days after sex to know that you are not pregnant. If that is the case, then start the next pack. You should use a backup method for that cycle.

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Last updated Jun 6, 2014

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