U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 28-year-old female asked:

Hello. i missed three days of my birth control pills (ortho tri cyclin lo) and took two pills a day for three days. what should i do?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Use a back up method: If you missed 3 of your active birth control pills - it is enough for your body to start developing a follicle, so you are at risk of conceiving. I would recommend using a back-up method of bc for the next month, and consider using the over the counter "plan b" if you have had intercourse in the past 3 days, just to be safe.
Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Reset: While you might get away with this if you are near the end of your pack, you need to assume you are not protected. Stop the pill for a week and then start a new pack. Use backup contraception (a condom, for instance) for the next month. If remembering pills is a problem you should consider the ring, the patch or switch to an implant or an iud.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 24, 2017

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.