Manage Missed Pills

The management of missed pills depends on the type and condition that you are taking medicine for. In case you forget to take one pill, take it as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time to take the next dose. If you missed more than 2 or 3 pills, then it is best to consult your doctor.

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Is there a possibility of getting pregnant if I took the pill 11 hours late?

Query: Hello doctor, I am on Novelon for the last four months. Generally, I take my pill while going to bed. I forgot to take the pill on 31st night and took it on 1st morning. Basically, I took my pill late by 10 to 11 hours. And then, I continued taking rest of the pills on time. Is there any possibility...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concern. As you are taking the medicine regularly and if you took the missed pill within 24 hours, you should continue your pill and you will not get pregnant.   Read Full »

What is the risk of pregnancy if you miss the pill the following morning of intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an important query about the contraceptive pill. My girlfriend had her period afew days ago. So, I believe she is in her ovulation phase. Since her period stopped, she has begun, for the very first time, taking the combined contraceptive pill consistently at 8 AM every morning. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A morning-after pill is different from the regular oral contraceptive pills. Do you mean to say the daily pill or an additional morning-after pill? I need clarity on this. If you mean the regular pill, do not use the phrase morning-after pill as that means an emerge...  Read Full »

What if I miss taking contraceptive pills for three consecutive days?

Query: Hi doctor,I started taking contraceptive pills for the first time a year back, followed by the next day. However, I forgot to take my pills on the third day. What to do if I forgot to take contraceptive pills for three consecutive days? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I would suggest: 1) If you miss one pill, take two pills the next day. 2) If you miss two pills (two consecutive days), take two pills the next day and continue the normal cycle thereon. 3) If you miss three pills (three consecutive days), re...  Read Full »

I missed a birth control pill dose, took two doses the next day, and had unprotected sex. Will this cause any problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking birth control pills currently. I took all pills on time from day one of my last periods but missed the dose on the 18th day, took it with the 19th dose, and had unprotected sex the following day. Will this cause any problem?   Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. When you miss one dose, take two doses the next day. If you miss a dose for two days, take two drugs for the next two days. If it takes more than two days, start a new cycle. So you need not worry. If the period is mi...  Read Full »

After missing three pills from the birth control pill pack, can I take two pills daily to make up?

Query: Hello doctor, I missed the first three pills of my Lillow- Levonorgestrel pack of birth control. This happened to me a few years ago, and I vaguely remember being told I could take two pills a day to catch up. Pill pack instructions are given, but I already messed that up by taking two pills yesterd...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. I have gone through the details presented by you, and yes, no severe effects are noticed if a female takes two pills every day to make up for the missed dose. However, I would recommend that since you have misse...  Read Full »

How to stop spotting due to a missed pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I went abroad a few days after my period ended. I start birth control on the last day or the day after the last usually. On the second day of my vacation, I started spotting and that has lasted till now. It has been about 10 days. I have been taking my birth control throughout. I only jus...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are experiencing a breakthrough bleeding occurring due to missing your pills and also probably due to not taking them on time. If it is a combined oral contraceptive pill, then it should be started from day 2 or 3 of your cycle ideally. So, the best is to s...  Read Full »

Can you get pregnant if you miss a pill and have sex on the same day?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a 28 day period cycle. I have been taking pills for two years. I had sex on day 4 and day 6 of my cycle. The problem is that I forgot to take one pill. What is the possibility of pregnancy here? I am worried. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have had sex on day 4 and 6 of period, then there is no chance of pregnancy as there is no ovulation. After every cycle day 1 (including the first day of period) to day 10 is safe period and that is because, there is no ovulation and hence, no ovum released. So, re...  Read Full »

Do contraceptive pills protect during pill-free days?

Query: Hi doctor, I am starting a pack of pill two weeks after my periods. After completing the pack will contraception start? Do I need to take the 7 pill free days after the first pack? Will remain protected during those seven days?  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I guess you are taking combination pill that is hormonal contraceptives containing both estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). These act by preventing your ovulation and making your cervical mucus thicker. You need to take combination pills within five d...  Read Full »

I took OCP late. What are the chances of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been on birth control continuously for three years. About a month ago, I took a pill late instead of in the morning. My boyfriend has not ejaculated in me. But, I noticed that I have gained weight. What are the chances of me being pregnant after taking a pill late? I do not have...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is a common mistake that you have faced. However, a single late pill intake is in no way could turn you fertile as well as pregnant. Even if you miss a single pill, the chance of pregnancy is very remote. Now, continuous pill intake could be the reason for...  Read Full »

What to do if we miss taking Diane 35 for a day?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking Diane 35 (21 pack) tablets, I missed yesterday's pill (11th day). Today I have realized, now I have taken my regular pill. Please let me know shall I take yesterday's pill today?  Read Full »

Dr. Uphar Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The following are the standard protocol with Diane 35. If you miss a dose of Diane 35 and are more than 12 hours late in taking a tablet, follow these guidelines to help you decide what to do. Week 1: Take the last tablet as soon as you remember and take the next on...  Read Full »

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