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A 19-year-old female asked:

I accidently took 3 or my birth control pills at once instead of two so i didn't take one on that sunday. i'm late for my period now. help?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Might be pg: Birth control pills generally work by keeping a constant level of hormone in the system to convince the body it is pregnant, and not ovulate. Skipping or missing an active hormone pill (not the dummy pills) could allow the hormone level to drop enough to allow ovulation. It probably doesn't happen often, but could. Do some home tests, realizing they can be falsely negative early in pregnancy.
Dr. Brian Clear
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Pregnancy test: A missed dose of birth control can leave you susceptible to pregnancy. When a dose is missed, an alternate form of contraception (i.e. condoms) must be used generally for 3-7 days depending on the type of birth control. A pregnancy test will help with your concern. If you're only a day a or two late though, you could also wait and see. A missed dose could delay an otherwise regulated cycle.

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