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What should I do if I miss a dose of birth control?

Missing a dose is common. Depending on the type of birth control you’re using, we recommend:

  • If it has been 24 hours or less, take your late pill as soon as you can. This may mean taking 2 pills in one day.
  • If it has been over 24 hours, take your missed pill with your next pill at your regularly scheduled time.
  • If you missed a placebo pill, you have nothing to worry about! Just continue the rest of your placebo pills as normal. Make sure to start your next pack on time on your usual start day.
  • If your patch fell off or you forgot to change it for 24 to 48 hours, put a new one on as soon as possible. Use a backup form of birth control, like condoms, for a full week after.

If you ever are unsure about how many pills you missed or what you should do, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A member of our Medical Team will help you determine the best next steps.

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