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I was late with my pill more than 12 hours, what is a chance of me being pregnant?

By Anonymous December 15, 2010 - 7:30am
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About two weeks ago I was late with my pill (Yasmin) and I think it was more than 12 hours. I don't take it exactly the same time everyday, sometimes I'm late 2 hours, but I know I can be late up to 12h and still be protected. However after I was late I am not sure if I was still protected. I had sex the next night after that, and since I'm freaking out if I am pregnant or not. I currently stopped taking the pills to see if I will get my period (I know that it's not a period as such but only withdrawal blood - but will it assure I'm not pregnant if I get it?). I'm really worried and wait for my appointment with a doctor.
Kamila, 19

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Hi anonymous,
Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER. When you forget to take your pill, you can take it immediately when you remember, and then be extra diligent about remembering to take it for the rest of your pack. You also may want to use a backup method of birth control (condom, spermicide, withdrawal), to assure you don't risk getting pregnant. You shouldn't stop taking your pills in this case. If you have missed more than 3 days of taking it, you can start a new pack of pills, and use back up birth control for at least the first week of being back on the pill.
For more information, please review these articles: Missing Birth Control Pills and Concerned About Pregnancy: Q&A, and Oops! Missed Birth Control Pill Advocacy Sheet
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

December 15, 2010 - 9:01am
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