If you’re less than 12 hours late in taking a pill, take the pill that’s late immediately. This may mean taking two pills at once. Take any pills that follow at the usual time. Your protection from pregnancy shouldn’t be reduced.
If you’re more than 12 hours late taking a pill, or you’ve missed more than 1 pill, your protection from pregnancy may be impacted.
In the event that you’ve missed a pill during the first week of your period, take the pill that you missed most recently as soon as you can, even if you have to take 2 pills at the same time. Take any pills that follow at the normal time. You’ll also need to use an extra method of contraception, like condoms, for the next 7 days. If you’ve had sex during this week, you could be pregnant. Our prescriber can advise you on what to do next if you drop them a message using your EveAdam account.
If you miss a pill during the second week of your period, take the pill you missed as soon as you remember. This may mean taking two pills at the same time. Take any pills that follow as you would usually. So long as pills have been taken correctly during the 7 days before the missed pill, you don’t need to use any additional forms of contraception. But if this isn’t the case, or if you’ve missed more than one pill, you should use another method of contraception for the next 7 days.
Should you miss a pill during the third week of your period, take the pill you missed most recently as soon as you can, even if you have to take two pills at the same time. Any pills that follow, just take them at the usual time. But rather than taking a 7-day, pill-free break at the end of the strip, start a new strip immediately after finishing the previous strip. It’s unlikely that you’ll get any withdrawal bleeding until you’ve reached the end of the second strip, but you may experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding on the days you are taking the pills.
Alternatively, if you miss a pill during the third week of your cycle, stop taking pills from your current strip. Then take a break from any pills for up to 7 days, including days on which you forgot to take pills, and then continue with a new strip as normal.
If you have missed pills and don’t get a withdrawal bleed during the first, pill-free break, you may be pregnant. Contact our clinician via your EveAdam account, and they can guide you through the next steps.