If you’re less than 12 hours late taking a pill, your protection from pregnancy is not reduced at all. Take the pill as soon as you remember, and take any subsequent pills at the usual time.
In the event that you’re more than 12 hours late taking a pill, the protection Elevin offers from pregnancy may be reduced. The more pills that you forget to take, the greater the risk of becoming pregnant.
You’re most likely to get pregnant if you forget to take a pill either at the beginning or at the end of the strip.
If you forget to take more than one pill in the same strip, you should contact our doctor.
In week 1, if you forget to take one pill, take the pill as soon as you remember, even if it means that you need to take two pills at the same time. Take any subsequent pills at the usual time, and use additional protection, such as a condom, for the next 7 days.
If you forget to take one pill in week 2, take the pill you’ve forgotten as soon as you remember, even if it means having to take two pills at the same time. If you have had sex during the week before forgetting to take a pill, you may be pregnant, and you should contact our doctor.
In week 3, if you forget to take one pill, you can do one of two things. Take the pill as soon as you remember, even if you have to take two pills at the same time. You should then continue to take any pills at the time you usually do, but instead of taking 7 pill-free days, start the next strip. It’s likely that you’ll have a period at the end of the second strip, but it may be that you get some light or menstruation-like bleeding during the second strip.
Alternatively, you can stop the strip and start the 7-day pill-free period, making a note of the day on which you forgot to take your pill. If you’d prefer to start a new strip on the day you always start a strip, shorten the length of the 7-day pill-free window.
If you’ve forgotten any of the pills in a strip, and you don’t experience any bleeding in the first pill-free period, you could be pregnant. You should contact our doctor before you start your next strip.