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Forgot 2 birth control pills

By Anonymous August 29, 2014 - 12:26am
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Hi there, I have been on Portia (minovaral) for 4 years. Last week I forgot the first 2 pills in my pack. Pharmacist told me to skip those and take my pack as normal. I completely forgot about the 7 day backup rule and had unprotected sex Sunday (day 5). Is there a risk of me being pregnant?

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for your question.

I think you should be okay since you only missed two birth control pills. It is important to take an active pill as soon as possible when pills have been missed.

The chance that pregnancy will occur depends not only on how many pills were missed, but also on when those pills were missed. A simple rule to follow is: never take fewer than 21 consecutive active pills and never have more than 7 consecutive pill-free days between active pill taking periods.

Seven days of continuously taking oral contraceptive pills is necessary to reliably prevent ovulation.

The risk of pregnancy is greatest when active (hormonal) pills are missed at the beginning or at the end of the active pills.
This extends the hormone free interval.

Anonymous, please try to relax if you can. All that you can do now is continue to take your birth control pills and wait for your period to start. Stressing out about this may cause a delay in the start of your period.


August 29, 2014 - 8:47am
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