IF YOU MISSED YOUR PILLS (ORAL COMBINATION CONTRAC

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If you missed your pills (Oral combination contraceptive)

# of missed pills

What to do with missed pills

What to do with remaining pills

Is backup contraception needed

One

Immediately

Continue at usual time

No

Two pills on consecutive days

Take one of the 2 pills immediately; discard 2nd missed pill

Continue with the rest of the schedule

Yes, for 7 days

Two pills on consecutive days during day 15-21 of cycle

Take one of the 2 pills immediately; discard 2nd missed pill

Continue with the rest of the active pills but skip the 7 placebo pills. Re-start a new pack in place of placebo pills

Yes, for 7 days

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