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What can happen if you forget to take your birth control pills?

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With some pills, you may not have a period. Talk with your doctor before you start taking your pills about what to expect, and then follow your doctor's instructions about what to do if you don't have a period.

It is very important to take the mini pills (progestin only) at the exact same time each day. If you miss a pill or are more than three hours late for a pill you should take the pill as soon as you remember and use a backup method (such as a condom or spermicide) for the next 48 hours.

From: Birth Control Pills WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

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Seasonale.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 5, 2018

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

ContraceptionNet.

Seasonale.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 5, 2018

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