Help! I missed  a pill

As soon as you remember, take only the last missed pill and then continue to take the rest of the pills as normal until the pack is finished. Do not take a seven-day break. Begin the next pack immediately after finishing the first.

For the seven days after you begin taking your pill again, use another form of contraception, such as condoms. It will take seven days for your contraceptive protection to be effective once again.

If when you finish the second pack, you don't have a bleed during the seven-day break, see your doctor.

If you had sex in the seven days before your forgot your pill, you should either purchase the morning after pill (emergency contraception) from a pharmacy or see your doctor for a prescription. Do this as a matter of priority.

Standard Oestrogen Pills

If you're taking a 21-day combined pill which contains standard-strength oestrogen, and you've missed any of your pills, then your contraceptive protection may be reduced.

If you are taking a 28-day standard-oestrogen pill, and you've missed some the ACTIVE pills in the pack (seven of the pills are dummy pills, they usually have a different appearance to the active pills) then your contraceptive protection may be reduced.

If you are not sure which pills you've missed, read the instructions in the box in which the pills came, or ask your doctor.

One Or Two Missed Pills - In the case of the standard-strength oestrogen pill, missing up to two pills probably won't put you at risk of getting pregnant. Take the last missed pill as soon as you remember, and then take the remaining pills in the pack as normal. You don't need emergency contraception and you don't need to use condoms the next time you have sex.

More Than Two Missed Pills - If you've missed three or more active standard-oestrogen pills then you are at risk of getting pregnant.

The steps you should take are the same as those described above for the low-oestrogen pill:

As soon as you remember, take only the last missed pill and then continue to take the rest of the pills as normal until the pack is finished. Do not take a seven-day break. Begin the next pack immediately after finishing the first.

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