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A 22-year-old female asked:

what effects does it have if you miss three active bc pills and don't start a new pack?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Not covered : If you were to have unprotected sex, you could get pregnant. So use a back up method until you get your next period. As far as your cycle is concerned, you may start a period, or you may not, depending on where you're at in the pill pack. You haven't harmed yourself, just inconvenient if you start bleeding.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Why am I scared to take my bc pills?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Stroke, blood clots: Lawyers tend to sensationalize potential side effects of medication. Birth control pills have been associated with an increase in strokes, blood clots etc. Even so, birth control pills are safer than being pregnant. If you still don't want to take them, you have other excellent options. Talk them over with your family doctor.
Dr. Marina Maslovaric
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
You dont have to be on a birth control pill. Some women dont feel comfortable altering their natural hormones. If you are looking into non hormonal options they include: paragard IUD, diaphragm, spermicide, cervical cap, and condoms. Some of these can be used in combination to increase effectiveness. Risk of blood clots with birth control pill is rare, as is with pregnancy. It is true that this rare risk is slightly higher with pregnancy than with birth control pill.
Jul 26, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of necon 777?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Juan Richiusa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Bleeding: You could have intermenstrual bleeding for the first few months.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I took a bc pill out of sequence from my pack so is it a problem?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Tramont
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Not likely: If its a monophasic pill, there should be no noticeable effect. If its a multiphasic pill, it is highly unlikely that you will have any problems. Check with your gyn for more information.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is the bc pill still active if you miss two in the month?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Probably not: Bcp are much lighter than in the past. It is possible to "catch up" by taking two pills a day for the two pills that were missed. However, the effectiveness may be reduced and a back up method of birth control should be used during this cycle.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What does the bc pill do before they start to work?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dissolve/feedback: The pill must first be absorbed by the GI tract and then circulate to the hypothalamus/ pituitary gland (feedback loop) to inhibit ovulation.

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