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Might missed a pill?

By Anonymous May 11, 2010 - 1:05pm
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Ok, so here's a unique story and question for you ladies...

I usually take my birth control pill in the morning around 10am...

I was EXTREMELY tired on Sunday and was going in and out of sleep and I don't remember if I took my pill or not. It's gone from my pack but here's the thing...I don't remember taking it! I don't know if I had in my hand before taking it and knocked out again and lost the pill somewhere or if I actually took the dang thing. If I did take it, I was half asleep and can't remember taking it. I woke hours after freaking out because I don't remember

Yeah, I know, this is a very weird situation.

So what should I do? I have been resuming my pills as usual..

and let's say in the worst case scenerio that I didn't take that pill (which the was the first pill of the third week of the pack), how long does it take for my body/schedule to make up that pill that I "possibly" missed and because I didn't make itu p? Does it effect this month only? Or will it effect me the next month also while I start my new pack in a few weeks??

and also, my boyfriend and I always use to protection. I don't think I can ever have unprotected sex, not because of STDs (we are both clean), I just don't want to up my risk of having kids!

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Believe it or not...this is not an usual question! It's easy to "not know" if you take a pill, even if it's gone from your pack, as it becomes so routine that we don't remember taking it, or if it fell down the sink drain...or any number of "what if's".

A few reasons not to worry:
1. You and your boyfriend are using double protection (I assume condoms), and using the pill is considered having protected sex (from pregnancy), so you are protected in several ways.
2. Worst-case scenario: you didn't take the pill. Missing one pill does not significantly increase your chance of pregnancy. Read your patient information brochure that came with your pill pack...it probably says that if you take one pill, you do not need to use back-up protection (of course, this is assuming you took it later). Use a condom for the next 7 days, and you are protected.

Your body should not have any adverse reactions to missing one pill.

Does that help?

May 11, 2010 - 1:20pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Thank you so much! It eases my mind to learn that this is not an unusual question..

This is only second pack of Birth Control I have ever been on, so I always have a lot of questions about what it does and what to do in situations, like this one! I wasn't sure about the significance of missing one pill and how it was going to affect me later on. But I assume my schedule will make it up in the upcoming months because so far, I've been taking them perfectly and on time. If I wasn't using protection, aka a condom, than I know I would be MORE stressed out than I am now. Hahaha. It just worried me because if I didn't take it after all, I didn't make it up so I was pretty lost in what to do.

So as long as I remember taking them and use protection, I should be okay in the upcoming months, correct??

May 11, 2010 - 1:27pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Correct! :-) Stop worrying, and continue using your birth control and back-up method if you choose.

May 11, 2010 - 9:54pm
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