Emergency Contraception

Morning after pill

“What Do I Do If I Miss My Pill…Or Take It Late?”

If you are less than 12 hours late in taking any active yellow pill, you are still protected against pregnancy, BUT you must take your missed pill immediately and your next pill at the usual time.

If you are more than 12 hours late in taking any active pill, take the pill you missed (even if you have to take 2 active pills in 1 day), and continue taking 1 pill per day at the usual time. If you’ve missed more than 1 pill, leave the ones you’ve missed in the pack and start with the pill for the day you remember.

However, by being more than 12 hours late, you must use another method of contraception such as a condom or diaphragm for at least 7 days (until you have taken 7 active pills). If there are less than 7 pills left in your pack, continue to take 1 active pill each day until all the pills are used and then throw the pack away.

Do not take the placebo pills! Start a new pack the next day, taking a active pill on the appropriate day. Continue taking an active pill each day (since you didn’t have a break from the active pills, you will probably not have a period until 2 or 3 days following your last active tablet). However, you may have some spotting or light bleeding during this time. When all the pills are finished, commence on the placebo pills (1 per day at the usual time).

Remember, if you don’t have your period at the end of taking your next calendar pack, check with your doctor to make sure you are not pregnant.