Woman in distress

This is a very scary experience. But, don’t fear, the answers are right here.

If you forgot 1 pill:
Take it as soon as you remember, and use a backup method of birth control for 3 days to be safe.  You may notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for a few days.

If you forgot 2 pills in a row:
Take 2 pills as soon as you can, and then take 2 more the next day to catch up. Use a backup method of birth control for 3 days to be safe. You may notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for a few days.

If you need Emergency Contraception
This is also known as the “morning after pill”, Plan B and others. This can be used if you’ve forgotten your birth control pills several times in a month or more than 2 days in a row. You can also use Emergency Contraception if you didn’t use a condom or it broke.

It’s best to take emergency contraception as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours of unprotected sex. If that’s not possible you have 3 days or 72 hours.

Memory issues

If you’re having trouble remembering to take your pills, then consider:

  • Setting an alarm to remind you
  • Put your pills by your toothbrush and take them at night right after you brush your teeth
  • Consider switching to another method where you don’t have to rely on your memory

Other methods to consider:

  • The Ring
  • A Patch
  • IUD
  • Injection or shot
  • Implant

And don’t forget to use condoms to reduce the risk of getting an STI.

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