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Forgot to take písquid contraceptive: what to do?

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Forgot to take písquid contraceptive: what to do?
Forgot to take písquid contraceptive: what to do?
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In case of forgetting the contraceptive, it is important that the instructions on the package insert are followed. In the case of the 28-day pill (Micronor, Adoless, Gestinol, Qlaira and Elani 28), if it has been forgotten for up to 3 hours, it is recommended to take it as soon as you remember, without pregnancy risk. If you forget to take more than 3 hours, it is also recommended to take it as soon as you remember, but it is important to use a condom within the next 7 days to prevent pregnancy.

As for the 21 and 24-day pills (Diane 35, Selene, Thames 20, Cycle 21, Yaz Flex, Yasmin, Mirelle C), if forgetfulness has been up to 12 hours, it is recommended to take it as soon as you remember, without any risk of becoming pregnant.However, if the forgetfulness was more than 12 hours, it is recommended:

  • In the 1st week: Take it as soon as you remember and the other one at the usual time. Use condoms for the next 7 days. There is a risk of becoming pregnant if you have had sex in the previous week.
  • The 2nd week: Take as soon as you remember, even if you have to take 2 pills together. There is no need to use a condom and there is no risk of getting pregnant.
  • At the end of the pack: Take the pill as soon as you remember and follow the pack as usual, but amend it with the next pack, right after, not menstruating.

If you tend to forget to take the pill, it is important to consider the possibility of using another contraceptive method, and it is important to discuss with the gynecologist the change and how it should be done. Learn how to choose the best contraceptive method.

In addition, it is necessary to follow some recommendations of what to do according to the number of pills in the pack, such as:

1. If you forget to take the 1st pill in the pack

  • When you need to start a new pack, you have up to 24 hours to start the pack without having to worry. You don't need to use a condom in the next few days, but there is a risk of getting pregnant if you had sex in the previous week.
  • If you only remember to start the pack 48 hours late, there is a risk of becoming pregnant, so you must use condoms within the next 7 days.
  • If you forget it for more than 48 hours, you should not start the pack and wait for your period to come and start a new pack on the first day of your period. During this period of waiting for menstruation you should use a condom.

2. If you forget 2, 3 or more pills in a row

  • When you forget 2 pills or more from the same pack there is a risk of becoming pregnant and therefore you must use a condom within the next 7 days, there is also a risk of becoming pregnant if you have had sexual intercourse in the previous week. In any case, the pills should be continued as normal until the pack runs out.
  • If you forget 2 pills in the 2nd week, you can abandon the pack for 7 days and on the 8th day start a new pack.
  • If you forget 2 pills in the 3rd week, you can abandon the pack for 7 days and on the 8th day start a new pack OR continue with the current pack and then amend with the next pack.

When to take the morning-after pill

The morning after pill is an emergency contraception that can be used up to 72 hours after having sex without a condom. However, it should not be used regularly because it has a high concentration of hormones and alters a woman's menstrual cycle.Learn more about the morning after pill.

How to know if I'm pregnant

If you forget to take the pill, depending on how long you missed it, the week and how many pills you forgot to take in the same month, there is a risk of becoming pregnant.

So, to find out if you are pregnant, it is necessary to carry out a pregnancy test, which can be a blood or urine test. It is recommended that the pregnancy test be carried out at least 5 weeks after the day the pill was missed, as this will allow for sufficient amounts of circulating beta-HCG hormone, which is the hormone related to pregnancy.

Another quicker way to know if you're pregnant is to observe the first 10 pregnancy symptoms that may come before your period is late. You can also take our online pregnancy test to find out if there is any chance you could be pregnant:

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