What if I forgot to take my pill?

Find out what to do in a few easy steps…

This tool applies to users of the combined oral contraceptive, not the progestin only mini-pill. Please check the patient information leaflet supplied with your pill to find out which you take.

How many pills have you forgotten to take?

Are you more than 12 hours late?

FYI some pills allow for 24 hours, check your Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for more details.

Ask your healthcare provider for advice.

At which stage of your cycle were you when you missed the pill?

At which stage of your cycle were you when you missed the pill?

At which stage of your cycle were you when you missed the pill?

Did you have sex in the 7 days before you forgot?

Take your forgotten pill now, and then carry on taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Take the forgotten pill now. Then finish taking the rest of the pills with active ingredients as normal (if there are any left). Start your next packet without taking a break. or Stop taking the pills in your current packet immediately. Take a break of no more than 7 days, including the forgotten pill day, and then begin the next packet.

Did you have sex in the 7 days before you forgot?

Take your forgotten pill now, and then carry on taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Take your forgotten pill now. Then finish taking the pills with active ingredients as normal, throw away the placebo pills and start the next packet. or Stop taking the pills with active ingredients immediately. Start taking the placebo pills immediately and start the next packet as normal.

Did you have sex in the 7 days before you forgot?

Take your forgotten pill now and use a barrier method, like a condom, for the next 9 days. Carry on taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Don't take the forgotten pill, instead start your next packet immediately and use a barrier method, like a condom, for the next 9 days.

Take your forgotten pill now and then continue taking the rest of the pills as normal.

Throw your forgotten pill away and continue taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Ask your healthcare provider for advice.

Take your forgotten pill now and use a barrier method, like a condom, for the next 7 days. Carry on taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Ask your healthcare provider for advice.

Take your forgotten pill now and use a barrier method, like a condom, for the next 7 days. Carry on taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Ask your healthcare provider for advice.

Take your forgotten pill now and use a barrier method, like a condom, for the next 9 days. Carry on taking the rest of the packet as normal.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The purpose of this tool is to draw attention to the fact that the contraceptive action of an oral contraceptive is no longer guaranteed if the tablets are not taken regularly. The information given should only be used as a general guidance. Please consider the product information on the preparation you are using. In the case of conflicting information the product information of the preparation you are using should always be considered correct. For individual advice and if you think you might be pregnant, talk to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

DON’T PANIC!

So, you’ve forgotten to take your pill, the first thing you need to do is stay calm. The second thing you need to do is check which type of pill you are taking and then scroll up to the top of this page and click your way through our Missed Pill Advisor. Answer the questions carefully to find out what action you need to take to stay protected. As always, it’s a good idea to speak to your healthcare provider as well, and also to download our Pill Reminder App so you’ll never forget again.

If this happens to you from time to time you should consider using a long acting reversible contraceptive method, as with these methods you don’t need to remember anything on a day-to-day basis. Inform yourself and ask your healthcare provider for further advice.

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