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A 22-year-old female asked:

Missed a dose in week 3 (so took 2 active pills the next day) i now have brownish period during my placebos. am i ovulating? or am i still protected?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Should be safe: Missing a single pill in week three will not lead to ovulation in most if not all cases. Taking a second pill the next day was the right thing to do. Used correctly, ocps have a 99% success rate over the course of a year. In actual practice, they are about 92% effective, mostly because people miss pills from time to time, as you have.
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