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A 26-year-old female asked:

I missed 3 birth control pills (portia) during the first week of new pack and had unprotected sex. should i be worried or just continue taking pills?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Both: Continue taking your pills as prescribed AND use a "backup" form of contraception the rest of this cycle. If no period at the end of this cycle, run a pregnancy test. Usually the risk of pregnancy is low at the beginning of the cycle for pregnancy, but not zero.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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