What happens if I miss one birth control pill?

If you have missed 1 pill anywhere in the pack or started a new pack 1 day late, you’re still protected against pregnancy. You should: take the last pill you missed now, even if this means taking 2 pills in 1 day. carry on taking the rest of the pack as normal.

How many hours late can I take the pill?

If you’re taking progestin-only pills, it’s best to take them at the same time every day. But you have a 3 hour window, meaning it’s only working less well if you take it more than 3 hours late. If this happens, use a backup method of birth control, like a condom, for the next 2 days.

How long after a missed pill are you protected?

The 24 to 48 hour window

Dr. Brant says the general rule of thumb for the combination pill is to consider the 24 to 48 hour safe window. You can play catch up with missed pills before that, but after that time window has passed, you’re no longer protected against pregnancy.

Do I need backup birth control if I miss one pill?

If you miss one hormone pill, take it as soon as you remember. You may need to use a backup birth control method. If you miss two or more hormone pills, take 1 pill as soon as you remember you forgot them. Then read the pill label or call your doctor about instructions on how to take your missed pills.

Do I need Plan B if I missed one birth control pill?

Emergency contraceptive (i.e., Plan B One Step) needed? Take your missed pill as soon as possible (which means you may need to take two pills in one day). Continue with the rest of the pack as usual.

What happens if you don’t take birth control for a week?

Missing one week of birth control is about the equivalent of taking placebo pills for a week. Furthermore, you will likely get a period. If this happens, it is necessary to use an additional form of contraception in order to prevent pregnancy, as you will no longer be protected by the hormones in your pill.

What if I miss birth control for 2 days?

If you just missed one, take it as soon as you remember. If you don’t remember until the next day, go ahead and take 2 pills that day. If you forget to take your pills for 2 days, take 2 pills the day you remember and 2 pills the next day. You will then be back on schedule.

What if I miss a pill in the third week?

If you missed the pills in the third week of the pack, you should continue taking the active (hormonal) pills in your current pack daily. When all active pills have been taken, discard the pack and begin a new pack the next day.

What happens if you are 12 hours late taking the pill?

Use back up contraception: taking a pill even 12 hours late may decrease your protection against pregnancy. Abstain or use condoms for 7 days. If you are less than 24 hours late: Take the missed pill right away. Take your next pill at the regular time.