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Missed taking 1 birth control pill, how protected am I?

By Anonymous July 1, 2016 - 10:32pm
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I am at the end of my second week, and I took my Wednesday birth control pill around 3 o'clock pm. The following day I forgot to take my Thursday pill. As soon as I remembered around 11 o'clock am on Friday, I took my Thursday pill and Friday pill at the same time. Around 3 o'clock pm I had unprotected sex with my partner. Am I still highly protected? Or does the fact I took my pills at inconsist times will decrease the effectiveness of the pills?

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
It takes one to two weeks of being off the pill to ovulate. Even though missing a pill does technically decrease their effectiveness, it is very unlikely that you ovulated within one day of being off the pill. You may experience PMS-like symptoms or pregnancy-like symptoms because you doubled up on the pill. In the future do not double up, simply start where you left off, taking one at a time.

July 2, 2016 - 9:22am
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