Forget the pill - what to do?

Forget the pill

The safety of birth control pills depends largely on a regular intake. But what happens if you forget a pill? If you stop taking the pill within twelve hours, the contraceptive effect of combination pills will continue. If there are more than 36 hours in total between two pills, this is no longer the case.

Time of forgetting is crucial

Depending on what week you forget the pill, this can have different consequences. As a general rule, the pill must be taken for at least seven days at a time for adequate contraceptive protection.

  • Pill forgotten in the first Week: If you forget the pill during the first week of taking, you catch the intake as soon as possible - even if you need to swallow two tablets at the same time. The other tablets take you as normal.
    Since you have not taken the pill seven days in a row, there is not enough contraception for the next seven days - so you should also use other contraceptive methods. If you have had intercourse during the week before the missed dose, there is a risk of pregnancy.
  • Forgot the pill in the second week: If you forget the pill during the second week of taking, you catch the intake as soon as possible - even if you have to swallow two tablets at the same time. The other tablets take you as normal.
    If you have taken all the pills regularly before, there is no need to resort to additional contraception.
  • Pill forgotten in the 3rd Week: If you forget the pill during the third week of taking, you catch the intake as soon as possible - even if you have to swallow two tablets at the same time. The other tablets take you as normal. When the blister pack is over, start directly with the next pack without taking the seven-day break.
    Alternatively, you may prefer the seven-day break by stopping taking the pill. The day you forget the pill counts as the first day of taking a break. After the seven days, continue to take the pill as usual.

If you are not taking a combined preparation and have forgotten a pill, contact your doctor. He can tell you exactly what you should do best.

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