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do I need to take a morning after pill?

By June 17, 2009 - 10:07am
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I have been taking the pill for the past 6 months fine, I then needed to get more from the GP and arranged my appointment to fall the day before my next pill would be due.

My daughter was very poorly on the day of appointment and I was unable to attend and had to rebook for two days later, now leaving me with two days missing the pill!.

Two days previous to this I had had unprotected sex with my husband as I though I'd be taking the pill as normal.

What does this mean for me now? I have a doctors appointment tomorrow but I'm worried now, do I need the morning after pill or is it to late to take? or can I just carry on with my pills as normal, or do I now have to wait and start the new pack after my next period?.

I have also noticed today, a dark brown stretchy discharge, is this normal as I have never seen this before.

Thank you so much for your time and advice.x.

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Thank you for your question. Since you missed more than one day of your pills, you should consult your pharmacist about how to either use them to catch up or you may have to start a new pack. It depends on the kind of birth control you use. The pharmacist should be able to assist that question.

Anytime you miss taking your pills, you are risking pregnancy. In your question, it appears that you had sex and then two days later missed the pills. You should be safe. If you are having sex now, you should be using other types of protection until you are regular again on your pills. When you start your pills, they always recommend using other types of protection for at least 7 days. You may want to follow this again.

It is common to bleed if you miss your pills. When you start on the sugar pills in your prescription, you have your period. It is the same with missing your pills since your body assumes that it is ‘period time’.

As for taking the morning after pill, it is effective usually ‘the morning after’. I think by the way your question is asked, you may be over that time also.

Here is some information about the morning after pill brought to you by the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/morning-after-pill/AN00592.

I hope this helps.

June 17, 2009 - 11:19am
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