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A 29-year-old female asked:

Ive taken 2 tablets of oral contraceptive tonight since i remembered i forgot taken the previous just in time for my new dose..is it ok?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Usually ok: If one active pill of "combination" birth control pills was missed, then one should take the missed pill today AND also take today's pill today. The level of protection should not change in such a situation. If a woman is on a "progestin-only" pill, and misses one active pill, she should likewise take 2 pills today, but also use back-up contraception for 48 hours after taking the missed pill.
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
YES: however, you may experience some mild spotting or bleeding. Please just keep taking your pills and proceed to your next pack when finished.
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Back on schedule: If you forget one pill, taking two the next day is the recommendation (so you are now back on schedule). Missing pills does increase the risk of releasing an egg so a second/additional form of birth control would be wise until you start the next pill pack. Condoms are always recommended to help avoid STI's.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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