What Happens If I Start My Birth Control Late?

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What Happens If I Start My Birth Control Late

Oral contraceptive pills, or birth control pills, is a method that depends on consistency and timing. If you missed a pill, it is crucial to know the type of contraception pills you are currently taking, the date you missed a pill, and how many pills you missed. A pill is considered as ‘missed’ when it has been 24 hours since it should have been taken. Please note that the following advice is for combined contraceptive pills. 

If you missed one pill or started a new pack a day late, take the one you missed in the morning and the scheduled one at night. After taking 2 pills in a single day, proceed with the pack normally. At this point, you remain protected from pregnancy and you do not need extra contraception. 

If you missed two or more pills or started a new pack 2 days or more late, take 2 pills in one day and proceed with the pack normally. At this point, your protection against pregnancy may be compromised. For the next 7 days, you must use extra contraception or avoid sexual activity. 

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