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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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What can happen when you take birth control pills?

What can happen when you take birth control pills?

Side effects BCP's: I'm not sure why at your age your taking bcp's. In any case the commonest side effects are related to the estrogenic component and can include nausia, water retention and weight gain, and breast tenderness. ...Read more

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What will happen if I skip the birth control pills that make my period come?

What will happen if I skip the birth control pills that make my period come?

Nothing!: Literally! Skipping these pills will just cause you not to have a period. If you don't want a period, feel free to do this. There is no medical reason why you need to have a period, skipping them by taking birth control pills continuously (skipping the sugar pills at the end) is totally safe, does not increase your risk of cancers and has no effect on later fertility! Awesome huh? ...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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What to if I am on birth control pills regularly. Is it safe to take two?

Once in a while: If you miss a pill, then you are supposed to take 2 the following day. But it's not a good idea to take 2 pills per dayr for long periods of time, due to the increased risks for blood clot formation with certain pills with higher estrogen contents. ...Read more

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I need help picking what time to take my birth control pill. What time is best?

Same time daily: Take your pill every day about the same time each day. If you have trouble remembering, then tape your toothbrush to the pill pack as a reminder. ...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 should I do if i take the wrong birth control pill?

What should I do if i take the wrong birth control pill?

Keep going: If you take an incorrect pill, and it's only 1, it's unlikely to increase your risks of pregnancy--if it's a combination pill. If you're worried, use a back up method for a week. If you miss pills often, think about using an easier birth control, such as a long-acting reversible contraceptive (iud or implant). ...Read more

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What to do if i forgot to pack my birth control pills to travel ?

What to do if i forgot to pack my birth control pills to travel ?

Use another form: Use condom. Minimize sex around Days 11-15 of cycle. Be careful. Buy it fast-BCP. ...Read more

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What happens when you take three birth control pills at once?

What happens when you take three birth control pills at once?

Not a good idea: If you missed two birth control pills in a row, you are no longer protected from unintended pregnancy. You might consider using a back up method (such as condoms) until after your next menstrual period. If you have trouble remembering to take your pill every day, a doctor can help you choose a birth control method that is a better fit for you. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what happens if you're pregnant and continue to take your birth control pills?

BCP's: One 2009 study suggested an increased risk for early delivery or low birth weight but according to roger harms md of mayo clinic– this generally has not born out clinically. It is recommended to stop taking oral contraceptives if you find you are pregnant. ...Read more

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What order do I take the birth control pills in?

What order do I take the birth control pills in?

According to package: The package is in order. Start with the first pill on the first row and take each pill along the row daily then to the next row, and continue the same until the pack is empty, then start the next pack. ...Read more

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Do I have to stop taking birth control if i take the Plan B pill?

Did you listen: There is only one reason to take Plan B while on birth control and that would be if you were not taking your birth control pills. ...Read more

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What happens if I forgot to take one birth control pill (micronor) after sex?

What happens if I forgot to take one birth control pill (micronor) after sex?

Risky: Micronor- as with all progestin only pills - work primarily by thickening the cervical mucous- not by inhibiting ovulation. The thickening effect wears off by about 22 hours - therefore necessary to take it exactly every day same time. ...Read more

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What to if I am taking birth control pills. Will it affect me to get pregnant later on?

What to if I am taking birth control pills. Will it affect me to get pregnant later on?

NO,,, your doc: Should have told u that bc pillsdo not affect fertility once you have stopped them and bc pills help prevent ovarian cysts from forming and if you ahve been on teh pill for 5 yrs it will decrease your risk of getting ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What can happen if I take active birth control pills during the week im suppose to be taking the inactive ones?

What can happen if I take active birth control pills during the week im suppose to be taking the inactive ones?

U will not: Get your period which is fine, but u need to be doing this with a monophasic pill, I do this with alot of my pts, who do not want their period, they stay on active pills , they never take the placebo and when they stop their periods will return to the way they would be at that age in their life meaning the pill does not have long term side efects on your period, feel sorry for your red sox. ...Read more

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What happens if you miss some of your birth control pills? I missed three pills , should I still take them?

No: By the time a woman misses 3 bcp in a row, the chance she will ovulate and start a period is very high. I recommend a woman stop the current pack, take nothing for 4 more days and then start a new pack at the beginning. Back up birth control will need to be used until 2 weeks into the next pack, such as condoms. In order for bcp to work you need to take them same time every day. ...Read more

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