BEFORE YOU START TAKING THE PILL

  • Take ONE pill at the SAME time every day
  • Know that you may have bleeding or spotting during the first 1 to 3 packs of pills
  • You may have nausea with the first 1-3 packs of pills
  • Missing pills can cause spotting or bleeding
  • Some medications, including some antibiotics, may cause the pill not to work as well
  • ALWAYS have a backup method of birth control (condoms and/or foam) in case you miss pills
  • ALWAYS have an extra FULL pack of pills

WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS

  • If you miss ONE active pill
    • Take it as soon as you remember
    • Take the next pill at the regular time (you will take 2 pills in one day)
    • You do not need a backup method if you have sex
  • If you miss TWO active pills in week 1 or 2
    • Take 2 pills on the day you remember and 2 pills the next day
    • Then take one pill a day until you finish the pack
    • You may become pregnant if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss pills. You must use another birth control method during those 7 days.
  • If you miss TWO active pills in the 3rd week
    • Take one pill a day until Sunday, then THROW OUT the rest of the pack and start a new pack that same day
    • You may not have a period that month, but this is normal
    • You may become pregnant if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss pills.  You must use another birth control method during those 7 days.
  • If you miss THREE or MORE active pills
    • Keep taking one pill every day until Sunday then THROW OUT the pack and start a new pack that same day
    • You may not have a period that month but this is normal
    • You may become pregnant if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss pills.  You must use another birth control method during those 7 days.

 

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