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What do I do if I missed a pill?

By Anonymous June 22, 2009 - 2:03pm
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I went to take my Ortho Tri-Cyclen last night (Sunday) and saw that the last pill I'd taken was Friday's pill. I took both Saturday's and Sunday's pill at that time (pills 7 and 8 in the pack). I'm not actually sure WHEN I missed the pill--I don't always look too closely to see the printed day; I just take the next pill. So I don't know what night in the first 7 days of the pack I forgot. For how long should I use a backup method?

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Great advice above.

June 23, 2009 - 7:26am

Dear Anon, your question is a bit difficult because normally, if you miss today's dose, for example, tomorrow you would take today's and tomorrow's dose together. But you don't really know when you missed a dose so taking 2 today was actually not such a good idea, because you may have actually gone over your dose if you DID take a pill last night (keep in mind that oral contraceptives increase the risk of blood clots amongst other side effects). If this happens again and you CAN'T remember when you missed the dose, just take your regular dose and use an additional method of birth control.
Remember that if this is your very first pack of oral contraceptives, you should be using a second form of birth control for the first 2 weeks of your monthly pack.

June 23, 2009 - 5:56am

Doubling up on your BC pills doesn't "make up" for the miss. Just keep taking the rest of your month's dosage on time.

What "backup method" are you referring to, condoms? That would help, as long as you don't forget that, too.

June 22, 2009 - 6:25pm
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