A 52-year-old member asked:
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how long does it take birth control pills to become effective again after missing a few days?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
10 days: A safe answer is 10 days for new pack or missed pills.
Answered on Aug 4, 2019
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Starting next month: This cycle of use with the "missing pills" may have already allowed an egg to be released depending upon how many days were missed. Use a "backup" contraceptive this month cycle and start again, if not pregnant, next month for contraceptive pill effectiveness if no further pills are missed.
Answered on Aug 5, 2019

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