Missing contraceptive pills are a common issue. There are definite guidelines to manage those situations effectively to avoid an unintended pregnancy.
Combined oral contraceptive pills are unique in the sense that they not only provide you a near 100% contraception but also could possess an excellent control over your cycle. But, there exists a constant prerequisite that you have to take these pills daily very regularly. Any miss of these oral contraceptive pills could cause a loss of protection thereby leading to unwanted pregnancy as well as unscheduled bleeding.
Then, how to tackle those situations when you forget to take pills? Some guidelines are there to manage this and it depends on the number of missed pills as well as on which phase of the cycle you have missed to take.
A) Missed one or two active pills at any time of your cycle:
B) Missed three or more but less than seven consecutive pills:
C) When you miss three or more pills, you have to consider also in which phase of your cycle you have forgotten to take them:
Now, if you have missed 7 or more pills in a row, then it is not considered as a miss. It is a stoppage of the pill and the rules of the missed pills are not applied there.
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04 Oct 2021 - 2 min read
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