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Level of risk from missing a few days of the pill?

By Anonymous June 25, 2014 - 2:56pm
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I had unprotected sex with my partner multiple times (for 2 days in a row) and he withdrew, but I also took my pill on those 2 days. However, for the 3 days afterward, I forgot to take the pill and didn't resume until the fourth day after the last time we had sex. It's been almost 5 days since this occurred and was curious to know what the level of risk would be regarding pregnancy, if there is one. We're planning a wedding for next year, but a baby is always welcome :) I understand waiting and going to my doctor will confirm anything, and will give me definite answers, but just trying to get some info. If anyone can help, it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello Anonymous,

The chance that pregnancy will occur depends not only on how many pills you missed but in your cycle those pills were missed. The risk is greatest when active pills, which are the pills that contain hormones, are missed at the beginning of or at the end of the active pills.

Did you miss taking your active pills at the beginning of the pack or at the end of the pack, just before you would have started taking the inactive pills?

A general rule of thumb: never take fewer than 21 consecutive active pills and never have than 7 consecutive pill-free days between active pill taking periods.

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June 26, 2014 - 4:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for replying!
The 3 consecutive pills that I missed were at the end of Week 2 (the last 2 of Week 2 and the 1st pill of Week 3) so it's sort of in the middle.

June 26, 2014 - 4:29pm
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