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ask: What happens if you take 3 of your birth control pills at once?

By KGregory46
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I was wondering what happens if you forgot to take 2 of your birth control pills and you decide to take three of them in one dose without calling your doctor first? The birth control pill that I am currently taking is Yasmin.

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I just started taking a low dose birth control for the first time. I started the pill on the first day of my period and I have been bleeding ever since (about 18 days). I'm not bleeding heavily but it has not stopped. The pills are 0.15 mg Levonorgestrel. Is this normal? Do I discontinue the pill?

December 18, 2014 - 6:57pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Please contact your gynecologist to ask if this is a normal or not. Call today before you take another dose.


December 19, 2014 - 10:28am
EmpowHER Guest

I have been taking birth control for two months now and I forgot to take my pills of the week I was supposed to be in my period so I took 3 of them and had unprotected sex. I haven't started my period and I didn't know if taking 3 pills could cause that?

December 13, 2014 - 4:27pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Are you on active pills only or do you have a week of placebo (sugar) pills? 

If you're on sugar pills, then you were protected.  I'm not sure why you would start your new pack. This may affect your cycle. 


December 15, 2014 - 4:39pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi, i'll be finishing my birth control pack in the next 5 pills, and i have been taking them very poorly during the whole month. i just took three in a row, at once. should i take emergency contraception too? very worried. i know i've been stupid!

December 2, 2014 - 9:38pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for your question. I hope that since you posted you have not taken an emergency contraceptive.

You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sexual intercourse during a period of seven days without an active hormone pill. This is often called the rule of seven.

Continue taking the remaining pills on schedule. If you are having trouble taking oral contraceptives on schedule, talk with your gynecologist about other options.


December 3, 2014 - 10:18am
EmpowHER Guest

I have been on the pill for many months now and have taken it every morning and never forgotten. The past week i have been totally stressed and somehow forgot to take the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday pill. On thursday i had unprotected sex three times and then remembered that i had not taken the pill! I am so worried! I am also getting some vaginal bleeding. I decided to just take the three pills i missed today and will take two tomorrow to catch up, how high is the chance of pregnancy? Im freaking out! Please help me!

November 20, 2014 - 2:16am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Your bleeding is likely withdrawal bleeding from missing three pills. You should have thrown out your old pack and started a fresh one, per the instructions on your pill pack.  

We don't know how high your chance of pregnancy is, that depends on how your body reacted to missing the pills. 

Keep taking your pills now since you took all of your pills at once.  Start your next pack as usual and you can test for pregnancy in about two weeks. 



November 20, 2014 - 9:39am
EmpowHER Guest

I recently posted about my bleeding for seven weeks called the doc can't get in til december but i had some bad cramping and dizzy spells so went to the e.r and they told they couldnt help and they didnt know what it was idk if i can make it to december finacially i cant continue to bleed like this if anyone knows anything i can try to atleast lighten the bleeding until i can be seen id appreciate it

November 8, 2014 - 12:12pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

I am very surprised and shocked that you cannot get an appointment to see your physician until December, and were sent home from the ER without a diagnosis. Vaginal bleeding for seven weeks is abnormal. The cause must be determined with quick intervention to prevent anemia.

Does your physician know how long the bleeding has gone on, and that you have bad cramping? You are probably having dizzy spells because you have lost a fair amount of blood and have a low hemoglobin and hematocrit.

My only suggestion is to call your doctor's office again and plea for an earlier appointment, or go to an urgent care walk-in clinic.


November 8, 2014 - 1:43pm
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