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Forget 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If you forget it : Two or more times, it will decrease efficacy. ...Read more
If you forget to take a birth-control pill and the next day take two doses, can the ovulation still occur?
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
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?
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
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
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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