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I missed the last two birth control pills of my pack, (Friday & Saturday) and today is now Sunday. I took one pill this morning, should I take the other missed one as well or skip it and start a new pack tonight like normal? What is my pregnancy risk?

By Anonymous October 30, 2011 - 11:59am
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Hi, I threw up my last active pill on saturday night so it did not get absorbed. I just got my withdrawal bleed today (3 days later) and am wondering if i will ovulate during my withdrawal bleed because my last active pill did not get absorbed into my blood stream.
Thank you

November 15, 2016 - 1:51pm
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Hello Anonymous,

No, you will not ovulate during withdrawal bleeding. The daily active birth control pill works to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. During the week of inactive pills, the hormone levels drops to trigger bleeding.

November 15, 2016 - 3:39pm

If you missed the last two pills of the pack in your 28-day prescription, these would be the "inactive pills" and you do not need to double-up or take them. You can consider them more "place holders" so that you know when to begin your next pack of pills.

Does that answer your question?

There is no pregnancy risk if you do or do not take your week of "sugar pills" or "inactive pills", as they do not contain any hormones.

October 30, 2011 - 2:36pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

I'm sorry, not the placebo pills, the last to 'active' pills are the ones I missed. I looked up TRI-NESSA online and it had said to take one as soon as you remembered, which was around noon this morning and so I did and then to start a new pack on Sunday, which is today. That means I will have taken 2 pills in one day. It said to carry on with the new pack like regular and to throw out the one that I had missed. Am I at high risk of getting pregnant now or since I took one this morning are my odds like they'd be had I just missed one? This is AWFUL timing - my husband, who has been over in Korea (military) is coming home from his year tour this Thusday the 4th !!

October 30, 2011 - 3:19pm
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If you have not had unprotected sex previously, you would not have a risk of pregnancy. If your "period" begins this week, and you then have sex with your husband on the 4th, your birth control pills would still offer the same protection (you would not become pregnant during the time your uterus is sloughing off the uterine lining...which is your "period"). Your "odds" of pregnancy "start over" with every cycle after your "period" ends (sorry to have everything in quotations...women do not actually have a true period when using the pill...it is actually technically called "withdrawal bleeding", but that is irrelevant to your question).

You can take two pills in one day, and they can be an hour apart from each other (to prevent nausea), or you can take them both with food.

Congratulations on your husband coming home!!!!

October 30, 2011 - 7:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

I am on yasmin for 4 months and on the last week of the third month my period began spotting everyday and i had horrible pains so i did not take the last two active pills to just allow my period to come but as my period was over i took them and continued to take the pills correctly... i am now coming to the end of the 4th month and i have not seen any spotting as yet i am starting to worry is it possible i could be pregnant?

April 15, 2017 - 7:46pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Well I started a new pack like Tri-Nessa website said to, last night, Sunday, like I normally would but did bleed some today (monday) but it's not really like a normal period.... So does this still mean I will be well protected by the 4th?

Thanks for all your help - you're really saving my life!!

October 31, 2011 - 6:48pm
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