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If I threw up two of my birth control pills 10 minutes after taking them am I still protected?

By Anonymous September 28, 2010 - 12:04pm
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I have been taking my birth control (Marvelon 28) for about 5 months now. This morning I woke up and remembered that I had forgotten to take my birth control pill last night. So i took 2 of the pills and the rest of my vitamens in the monrning. About ten minutes after I took them, I threw up. Am I still protected?

Thank you for your time!

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Hi My name is Lynn and I have been taking BCP (Marvelon28) for 1 year now. by the time i am expecting my period, it came. However it only lasted for 2 days. Does it mean I might be pregnant? or is this the result of stress. I had sleepless days since my mom was hospitalized and unfortunately died. I was busy during the wake. Please advise cos this makes me nervous. I normally have 4 days of my period. Hope to here from you soon.

August 25, 2011 - 1:52am

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for being a part of the EmpowHer community.
If you are sure that you threw up the pills, they didn't get into your system, so you're not covered. Birth control only works if it gets into your system. Most birth control packet information suggests using a back-up method for the week until you are back on track with taking your pills for a few days.
Here is an article about missing birth control that may help you determine the best course of action for you:
Here is another one I wrote about the same topic:
Good luck, and hope you have a better experience with your vitamins and pills tomorrow.

September 28, 2010 - 1:12pm
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