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Posted by: minkie | 2009/04/17

FERTILITY

What are the risks of missing a pill for contraceptive

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"Women taking combination birth control pills should take the missed pill as soon as they remember and then take the next pill as they normally would. In some cases, this means taking two pills on the same day. Although the risk of pregnancy is minimal, it is still a good idea to use a back-up method of birth control, such as a condom for the next seven days. If the forgotten pill occurred during day 15 to 21 of your pill cycle, then check with your doctor for special instructions. In some cases, you may be advised to skip the pill-free/ sugar pill week and just start a new package as soon as you finish your current set of hormonal pills.

Women using progestin only oral contraceptives should take the forgotten pill as soon as they remember and then take the next pill as they normally would. In some cases, this may mean that you take two pills on the same day. You will need to use a back-up method of birth control for the next two days."

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