This missed birth control pill tool is relevant for oral contraceptives containing the female hormone oestrogen and progestogen (COC), and not for pills only containing progestogen (POP or "mini pill”). It is intended as a guide only. Please follow the exact instructions advised by your doctor in conjunction with the Patient Information Leaflet provided with your contraception. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor or nurse immediately.
What should you do now?
It's happened to many of us, so don’t panic if you forgot your pill. Nevertheless, although some pills will continue to work if you forgot to take just one or two, you may be at risk of getting pregnant.
Read Your Advice Leaflet
Consult the advice leaflet that came with your pills. It includes a lot of important information that will tell you what to do next.
Consult Your Doctor
If you missed more than one pill, or if you have questions that your advice leaflet can't answer, it's worth consulting your doctor or nurse. They will be able to provide you with advice on how to get your pill routine back on track, or offer you advice on alternative methods of contraception.
ALTERNATIVE CONTRACEPTION METHODS
If you find yourself regularly forgetting to take your pill, it might be worth considering alternative contraception methods:
A small, flexible T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of hormones. It is placed in your womb by a doctor.
A small, T-shaped plastic frame with a copper wire that is placed in your womb by a doctor.
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones. It is placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor.
A shot containing progestin that is effective for up to three months. It is administered by a doctor.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that is specific to you and your lifestyle.