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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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Hello. My name is selly. I wanted to ask about how i didnt take 3 pills because i forgot it at my house.. Its also a birth control pill. Im so anxious because when i did not take 3 pills acciently .. My boyfriend and i had sex on saturday of last weekend. He finished inside. I took 3 pills the day after because, i thought it would still be effective. I need help please..:(

August 18, 2014 - 9:11pm
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I'm on yaz and I have been so busy with school lately that I have been missing pills. My pack starts on Saturday. the week before my four white pills I missed 3 of the pink pills. So the third week on Thursday I missed that pill as we'll as fridays and Saturdays and on Sunday I realized it so when I took Sundays pill I also took the other 3 that I missed. Then that Monday started my white pills and somehow I missed it as we'll and on Tuesday I took Tuesdays and Mondays pill. I have definitely screwed up this months pack but I did take Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the white pills correctly and now that pack is done. I spotted a little back when I missed those 3 pills but I have not gotten my period. Could it be since I did not take them correctly or could I be pregnant? I did have sex that Friday of one of the pills I missed but a condom was used. Is there still any chance of me being pregnant with me using backup?

August 16, 2014 - 9:22am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post! 

Your cycle this month has been messed up completely (a baby will keep you a lot busier that school!) so there is some risk of pregnancy but if you only had sex one time and used a condom (good for you for doing that!) then you should be fine. You need to start a new pill pack this coming Saturday if you are a Sat. start and use condoms for the next couple of weeks. 



August 18, 2014 - 5:34am
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Hi so is 5am Friday morning and I just remembered i didn't take my pill for Thursday so I went to go take it but I come to find out i didn't take Wednesday as well so I took 2. My usual scheduled time is 11pm right before bed, do you think I should take my pill Friday pill as scheduled or wait until Saturday and take 2?
P.S this is not for birth control, I have PCOS and the pills are for other reasons, I'm not worried about pregnancy as I am not sexually active.

August 15, 2014 - 5:59am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Take your two missed pills now and take tonight's pill at 11pm as usual. 



August 15, 2014 - 6:04am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thank you so much you're a life saver

August 15, 2014 - 6:19am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi I been on the pill for I wanna say I received them on 7/7/14 which was on a Monday I took Tha Monday pill and every day and then I missed a few days and took all of them except the 3rd week I missed Sunday,Monday, Friday,and Saturday. Could I be pregnant I've had unprotected sex more than one time. But before I stated the pill I was on Depo Provera but my last shot was in January. Can you help me?

August 14, 2014 - 9:25am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Each injection of Depo-Provera provides protection against pregnancy for up to 14 weeks. It would not have protected you beyond May.

If you miss one or more pills, you increase your chances of releasing an egg (ovulation) that could be fertilized and lead to a pregnancy. The highest risk of ovulation occurs when the hormone-free interval (the time when inactive pills are taken or there is a break between active pills) is prolonged for than seven days.

You may want to report this to your gynecologist. Your doctor may suggest you have a blood pregnancy test before resuming your birth control pills. You would not want to be taking oral contraceptives if you are already pregnant.


August 14, 2014 - 9:42am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi, I took 4 pills at one time I'm scared because im only 17 and me and my boyfriend has unprotected sex but he didn't cum in me am I okay? But after sex I realized I missed 3 pills and took the 4..

August 9, 2014 - 1:24am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

If you miss three pills and then take four, you have taken your pills incorrectly. 

You should have thrown out your pack and started a new one. Do this now and use condoms for at least one week. Take a pregnancy test in two weeks to make sure you are not pregnant. 



August 12, 2014 - 5:33am
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