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Can I get pregnant if I missed a pill?


Updated July 17, 2014

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Question: Can I get pregnant if I missed a pill?

Answer: If you miss a birth control pill or take one at the wrong time it increases the chances of becoming pregnant. It's not like one missed or late pill takes you to an immediate zero percent effect rate, but it does decrease the protective effects. Part of the risk depends on when you missed the pill, when you took your next pill and what your health is like. Remember, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and taking antibiotics can also effect your pills.

Most of the time you are told to take the missed pill as soon as you remember it. You can usually take up to two doses at a single time. (Check with your prescribing doctor or midwife for specifics.) Remember, each pill should be taken about 24 hours away from each other to maintain the specific level of hormones you require.


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