Missed Pills (Combined Oral Contraceptive)
Missing pills or starting a pack late can make the pill less effective at preventing pregnancy.
A pill is late when you have forgotten to take it at your usual time. You have missed a pill when it is more than 24 hours since the time you should have taken it.
What to do if you miss a pill or pills
Follow the advice below. If you are not sure what to do, continue to take your pill and use another method of contraception, such as condoms, and seek advice as soon as possible.
If you have missed one pill, anywhere in the pack:
|take the last pill you missed now, even if it means taking two pills in one day|
|continue taking the rest of the pack as usual|
|you don’t need to use additional contraception, such as condoms|
|take your seven-day pill-free break as normal|
If you have missed two or more pills (you are taking your pill more than 48 hours late), anywhere in the pack:
Starting the next pack after missing two or more pills
If there are seven or more pills left in the pack after the last missed pill:
|finish the pack|
|have the usual seven-day break|
If there are fewer than seven pills left in the pack after the last missed pill:
|finish the pack and start the new one the next day, without having a break|
Please note there are different rules for certain types of combined pill e.g. Qlaira and combined pills with ED after their name. Please check with your supplier to make sure you know what do to if you have, or think you might have missed a pill.