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A 28-year-old female asked:

Taking birth control for 21 days and stopping but not getting period between day 21 and 28. still take next pill anyway or wait till after get period?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
That depends: Even though the pill is highly effective, it does occasionally fail. If you don't have a menstrual bleed at all, it would be wise to check for pregnancy. If negative resume your pills as you would normally. If the test is positive, call your doctor to make an appointment to confirm and ask about whether or not you should continue the pill. If you test negative, you should recheck in 1 week 2B sure
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Provided original answer
If you are not sexually active and/or have other reasons that you are certain you can't be pregnant and just want to know when to take your pills, the answer is and prescribed. The package inserts have instructions detailing what to do if you miss a pill, two pills, or more, and when to start the next pack if you don't have a period. Take the pill as prescribed, whether you bleed or not.
Jul 24, 2014

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