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Is it normal to skip a period if you miss a pill?

By Anonymous January 15, 2017 - 12:32pm
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on saturday dec 31st i took my last active birth control pill at 10:30pm although by midnight i was vomitting a lot due to drinking alcohol. I understand this counts as a missed pill but i could not make it up since it was the last active one i had. I never got my period . Is it normal to skip a period if you miss a pill?

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Helena, thanks for your answer!
Today at 14 days late I had some spotting so I feel a little less worried. Hopefully my period is regular next month or else I will take a pregnancy test.

January 17, 2017 - 8:31pm
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If you are still in doubt, you can always test for pregnancy to ease your mind. It's best to wait at least 2 1/2 weeks from the time you had sex until you test. It takes that long for your hCG levels to be high enough to be detected in your urine using a home pregnancy test.


January 18, 2017 - 2:37pm

Hi, Anon.

Thanks for your question.

It is not unusual for women who are taking hormone pills for birth control to have very light periods or no bleeding at all. If you forget 1 (or more pills) and you miss a period, take a home pregnancy test. Unless your doctor advises otherwise, begin you next packet as usual if test results are negative.


January 15, 2017 - 1:08pm
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