Is it safe to have unprotected sex after missing two birth control pills?

Q. Is it safe to have unprotected sex after missing two birth control pills?

Answered by
Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 03, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 24, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am on birth control pills called Yasmin for around four months. I take pills daily at night after sex that is anytime between 10 p.m. and 12.30 a.m. In the current cycle, I missed the pill twice but took it immediately the next morning and then took the normal pill of that particular day at night as well. I want to check can I have unprotected sex (without a condom) and still be safe from pregnancy? Can I have unprotected sex and take an emergency contraceptive pill? Should I stop the pills now so that I get periods immediately (even though my period is due this week) and when periods start, the same day I start my fresh pack of pills? Will this ensure safety if I plan to have unprotected sex this week?



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As you have tablets from your schedule, you need to have a backup protection like condoms to prevent pregnancy as unprotected intercourse is not advisable. It is advisable you continue the pack of your pill daily until completion and then stop for your withdrawal bleed and then can restart the next pack from the second or third day of your periods.

Thank you doctor,

Is there any other way? To elaborate, in this week,my periods are deue and in the same week, my husband and I are going for a vacation and hence wanted to be abpause to dapsolutely safe for unprotected sex and pregnancy. Can I take the entire pack as normal and then start a fresh pack immediately without a delay the period and also be safe from pregnancy in this week?

I could top it up with an I-pill if we do have unprotected sex in this week? And then stop the fresh pack in a week to get periods? I will discard the second pack then.



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I would suggest another option.

Instead of stopping and getting your periods, start the second pack for the next 21 days or until whatever date you want to postpone your periods.

So, you will get bleeding only after you finish the pills.

You can just continue using protection for this week as you told you had missed two pills in a row.

For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online.

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