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A 18-year-old female asked:

Is three hours after you miss the time to take a birth control pill considered late or missed?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: But if you are concerned about pregnancy, use a bacjup means of contraception.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What happens if you miss some of your birth control pills? I missed three pills , should I still take them?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
No: By the time a woman misses 3 bcp in a row, the chance she will ovulate and start a period is very high. I recommend a woman stop the current pack, take nothing for 4 more days and then start a new pack at the beginning. Back up birth control will need to be used until 2 weeks into the next pack, such as condoms. In order for bcp to work you need to take them same time every day.
Last updated Dec 16, 2013


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