Ideally, you should take the combined pill at the same time each day. A pill isn’t “missed” until it’s been 24 hours since you last took one.If you’ve missed one combined pill…
You will still have protection against pregnancy even if you miss one pill, and you don’t need to use any extra or emergency contraception.
Unfortunately, your protection from pregnancy may be affected. This also applies if you have started a new pack of contraception two or more days late. Here’s what to do if any of these two mistakes happen:
Progestogen-only pills (POPs) need to be taken at roughly the same time each day. However, there is an ideal window of time when you should take POPs– 3 hours within the time you usually take the pill.
POPs containing desogestrel, like Cerelle and Cerazette, need to be taken within a 12-hour window each day. POPs without desogestrel need to be taken within a three hour window each day.
Take the pill you missed as soon as you can, and carry on with the pack as normal.
You’re still protected against pregnancy – so you don’t need extra or emergency contraception.
Take your pill as soon as soon as possible, even if it means taking two pills in one day. This isn’t harmful and won’t cause any adverse effects. Then carry on with the pack as normal, taking your pill at your usual time.
Missing your pill outside the time window means you may not be protected against pregnancy.
Consider emergency contraception if you’ve had sex, and use extra contraception, like condoms for the next 48 hours.
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