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4 days missed Pill

By Anonymous November 22, 2016 - 1:04am
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I have been taking Yasmin for 7 months now. This November, I started with a regular pack and started taking it on the 13th. I took the first 5 pills on schedule but missed the next 4 pills (18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st). Today is the 5th day and out of fear I took the 4 pills I missed because I am now bleeding. Please note that my boyfriend and I had sex probably on the 17th the day before I missed the first pill. Is it this normal that I am bleeding? Is there a possibility that I might be pregnant? And is it safe to go on intercourse knowing that I missed the 4days? I know this is stupid of me to forget but I was in extreme stress during the 4 days. I hope you can help me. Than you!

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Dear Anon,

Thanks for reaching out to EmpowHer today.

Birth control pills are effective in preventing pregnancy if taken correctly. The fact that you had unprotected sex and missed doses, does put you at risk for pregnancy. You are probably not pregnant if you are bleeding, however, the only way to know for sure at this point is to take a pregnancy test. Wait 2 to 2 1/2 weeks from the day you had intercourse. Levels of hCG can be detected in urine about 12 to 14 days following conception. It's always a good idea to have backup birth control to use, like condoms.


November 22, 2016 - 6:37am
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Hi Helena,

Thank you for your help. Ok, I will do that. But, is it ok that I am still taking the pills now? I mean after the 4 days missed pills, I took the next one yesterday. Do I continue taking the pill? or wait until I take the pregnancy test and start a new set of pill if negative result? Again, thank you for your help.


November 22, 2016 - 7:10pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello again!

You can continue taking them. If a woman becomes pregnant on the pill in error, in many cases, she wouldn't know until a pregnancy test was taken. According to Mayo Clinic "there's very little evidence that exposure to the hormones in birth control pills causes birth defects." If you find out you are pregnant, stop taking them. If you decide you want to stop taking them, use another form of birth control in the interim.

This link is very informative if you'd like to check it out as well.

All the best,

November 23, 2016 - 12:19pm
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