## Did you forget to take the pill? What to do in case of forgetting the pill?

* exchange 12 hours **for 3 hours in case of****mini-pills**(=microprogestative pill). Attention, on the Internet there is a certain divergence between the information about the minidosing pills and the microdosing: after checking the sources, it is concluded that for the minidosing pills it is necessary to change the time of oblivion to 3 hours instead of 12 hours. For your information, minidosing pills contain progestin but do not contain estrogen (etinilestradiol).

## A. The time of my forgetfulness was less than 12 hours from my usual time of taking the pill (for minidosing pills replace 12 hours for 3 hours)

If the time of oblivion is less than 12 hours from the usual time you take your pill you are advised to take the tablet as soon as you notice that you forgot to take it.

Then take the next pill at your usual time. Therefore, it may be that in one day you take 2 pills (for example, one in the morning and one in the evening), which does not represent any kind of problem and in this case contraception is assured (no need to use any other type of contraception), do not worry!

**Examples of pill forgetfulness dating from****less than twelve hours (3 hours for minidosing pills):**

–**Case number 1, usual pill taken in the***
*morning You usually take your pill every day in the morning (e.g. around 7 am), but you forgot to take it and only noticed it at night. So if you notice that you did not take it before 20 o’clock (i.e., less than 12 hours of forgetfulness), you should immediately take the tablet you forgot to take in the morning.

The next day, you can take the next pill at the same time as usual, as if nothing had happened. In this case, contraception is assured and you do not need to use any other means of contraception.

–**Case number 2, usual pill taken at night***
*If you normally take your pill in the evening, but forgot to take and only noticed the next morning, then take the pill you forgot early in the morning and the next pill at night on the same day.

After that you can continue to take the pill at the same time as always (in this case, every night). Therefore, on this day (the day after oblivion), you will have taken the pill twice in the same day and this does not represent any problem. The effectiveness of contraception is guaranteed.

## B. The time of my forgetfulness was more than 12 hours from my usual time of taking the pill (for minidosing pills replace 12 hours for 3 hours)

**2DIFFERENT CASES MAY OCCUR**

1. If there are more than 7 pills (pills) left in the box: immediately take the pill you forgot and then continue to take the others normally until you finish the box. After that, as always, take a break before starting a new pack.

Attention, if you had sexual intercourse (without protection) 3 days before your forgetfulness, use emergency contraception ( Morning After Pill ), which can be purchased at a pharmacy.

In any case, and even after taking emergency contraception ( morning-after pill,…), use an additional mechanical contraception (condom…) for 7 days after forgetting to take the pill. As a precautionary measure and in case of doubt you can always take apregnancy test (sold without prescription in pharmacies).

2. If there are less than 7 pills (pills) left in the box: immediately take the pill you forgot and then continue to take the others normally until you finish the pack. After that, amend a new box of pills without taking any breaks.

Attention, if you had sexual intercourse (without protection) 3 days before your forgetfulness, take emergency contraception (morning-after pill), which can be bought at a pharmacy.

In all cases, and even after taking emergency contraception ( morning-after pill,…) you must use a supplementary mechanical contraception (condom,…) for 7 days after you forget to take it. As a precautionary measure and in case of doubt, you can always take apregnancy test (sold without prescription in pharmacies).

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