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What happens if I forget to take the birth control pill?

What happens if I forget to take the birth control pill?

Depends on week : The number of pills missed, the strength of the pill and the week in question all impact the management. If you miss 1 - 2 pills of a 30 mcg ee formulation or 1 (active) pill of a 10-20 mcg ee pill, take 1 pill (active) as soon as you remember, then continue taking the pill pack. In cases when the missed pills are from the first week, a back-up method or emergency contraception may be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Can the ovulation occur when forgetting to take one birth-control pill?

Can the ovulation occur when forgetting to take one birth-control pill?

Birth Control: Yes. That is why everyone on birth control is instructed to take two doses the day after one is missed. ...Read more

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If you forget to take a birth-control pill and the next day take two doses, can the ovulation still occur?

If you forget to take a birth-control pill and the next day take two doses, can the ovulation still occur?

Birth control: It is always a good idea to double up a dose if you miss a pill. Most likely the pill will still be effective that month unless you miss more than two doses in a row. It is never a bad idea to use back-up contraception for the rest of the month as an extra precaution. ...Read more

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Can forgetting to take your birth control pill cause you to not get your period when you normally should?

Can forgetting to take your birth control pill cause you to not get your period when you normally should?

You may be pregnant: I don't know the pill, dosage, day(s?) you forgot, but since they prevent pregnancy if taken as prescribed, you can do the logic. There's a possibility you'll get pregnant if you don't take 'em as prescribed. Missing a period's seen as a first indication/sign of pregnancy. Do a home-test or see your doctor. If you are not pregnant, try to remember to take each pill & consider alternative methods. ...Read more

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If I normally take my birth control pill at 9 o'clock at night but forget and take it at 9 o'clock the next morning am I still protected?

If I normally take my birth control pill at 9 o'clock at night but forget and take it  at 9 o'clock the next morning am I still protected?

Missed pill: The chances for breakthrough ovulation and conception increase with number of pills missed in a cycle. If one pill is missed, it's a good idea to use a backup method until birth control pills have been taken correctly for 7 consecutive days. ...Read more

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If I forget to take the first birth control pill of the pack, should I take it the next day?

If I  forget to take the first birth control pill of the pack, should I take it the next day?

Yes: Good move to double up- that is- take two the next day. . The worst pills to miss or delay taking in a pill pack is the first one. ...Read more

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What happens if you forget to take the first birth control pill of the pack? Should you take two the next day?

What happens if you forget to take the first birth control pill of the pack?  Should you take two the next day?

Yes: Good move to double up. The worst pills to miss or delay taking in a pill pack is the first one. ...Read more

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I can't remember to take my birth control pill on time. What is a good alternative to the pill so I don't keep forgetting to take it on time?

I can't remember to take my birth control pill on time. What is a good alternative to the pill so I don't keep forgetting to take it on time?

LARC: Consider using long acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as the IUD or Nexplanon. They are both placed by your doctor and once placed there is nothing to remember to take. The IUD may last 5 or 10 years depending on what type is placed. Nexplanon may last 3 years. All may be remove prior to the maximum time if pregnancy is desired. Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) injections every 3 months is also an option. ...Read more

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Is birth control pill bad for you?

Is birth control pill bad for you?

Not particularly: If you are healthy otherwise, the pill is not bad. In fact, the pill protects you from anemia, ovarian and uterine cancer, and of course unwanted pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Dr. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more