Birth control pills can be the best friends if someone wants to avoid an unplanned pregnancy as ovulation. They work by stopping ovulation (egg release), they also thicken the cervical mucus which further reduces the chances of pregnancy by limiting the sperm penetration. These pills are taken orally but the only condition is that they should be taken regularly. These pills are contraceptive pills taken orally, but the condition for good results.
Failing to take the pills on time can sometimes result in pregnancy. There are three types of birth control pills that include:
- The Pill (combination of estrogen and progestin)
- The Mini Pill (Progestin-only and for the people who are breastfeeding)
- Levonorgestrel Emergency Pill (for those who have unprotected sex)
Now the question arises what if someone forgets the pills? It can happen due to a hectic schedule, unavailability of the medicines, or losing them somewhere. Doctor Smiti, our well-experienced and famous gynecologist shares some quick steps if you miss taking the pills.
- If you have missed one Pill or are one day late in taking the Pill, just relax and keep the guilt aside, as you still have fewer chances of being pregnant. Instead, do this:
- Take the missed one as soon as you remember.
- Continue with the remaining pills in the pack as usual.
- Just remember not to make your 7-day break or placebo week longer.
- If you have missed the pills for two consecutive days or you are two days late in starting the new pack, then:
- Take the last missed Pill on the day you remember. It’s ok if it becomes 2 pills a day.
- Don’t take your earlier missed pills.
- Continue with the remaining tablets in the pack as usual.
- Use contraceptives like condoms or diaphragms for another seven days.
When you are about to do with your pack, after missing two pills, you still need to remember :
- If the left pills are more than 7 after the last forgotten Pill, you can finish the pack and enjoy your 7-day break or placebo week before starting the new one.
- If the left pills are less than 7 after the last forgotten Pill, you can finish the pack and start a new one the next day, which means you should not take your 7-day break or placebo week.
- Contact your specialist immediately if you fail to take the pills for more than three days.
Some other tips that will help you remember to take pills on time are:
- Keep a reminder app on your phone.
- Always keep it in your purse or an easily approachable area.
- Keep a note of refilling the pack or buying a new one.
- Tell your dear ones or your partner to remind you.
The practical result of the pills is directly linked to their proper and timely intake. So when you are prepared for the journey of motherhood, stop taking the pills. For any other birth control pills-related queries, you may connect Doctor Smiti at drsmitiwomensclinic. in.