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Active pill instead of placebo pill!

By Anonymous August 15, 2012 - 2:49pm
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Hi, I accidentally took an ACTIVE pill instead of a placebo pill (I know the problem is usually the opposite), I'm on YAZ birth control. There are 4 days of placebo pills and I accidentally took an active pill on the 2nd day! So I had one day placebo, one with active, then two with placebo. Then I started my new pack as usual. This was last week though and now I'm scared it might have tricked my body into thinking I 'missed' three active pills when I was taking the placebos? Am I still protected? If not, will I be protected again within a few weeks without having to stop and restart taking the pills all together?
Thank you!

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EmpowHER Guest

I accidentally take the sugar pill instead of active. Then take active pill straight away. Would that harm me by any chance?

November 21, 2017 - 6:11pm
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Thank you for getting back to me!

August 16, 2012 - 3:27am

Hello Anonymous,
First, let me explain how birth control pills work.

Active birth control pills contain either two hormones- estrogen and progestin or progestin only. The hormones in the pill protect you from getting pregnant by keeping eggs from leaving the ovaries and by making cervical mucus thicker, which keeps sperm from getting to the egg.

The inactive pills or placebo pills contain no hormones. When you take them, hormone levels drop and your period will start.

By accidentally taking an active instead of placebo pill, you simply gave your body a dose of hormones. That may cause your period to start a little later.

Finish the current pack, then start a new pack. You will be protected if you take your pills daily and at the same time each day.


August 15, 2012 - 4:21pm
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