• 8 months ago

    Missed pill and didn't double up until 3 days after

    I missed my birth control pill (Zarah) on Thursday, realized on Friday, but forgot about doubling up, took one pill as normal on Friday and Saturday, then doubled up today (Sunday) after researching what I should do when I miss a pill.
    I started bleeding a little on Saturday, and today I'm bleeding like I'm on my period.
    FYI: I missed the pill on the first day of the third week of pills.

    Shall I carry on as normal even though I'm basically on my period one week early?


  • 8 months ago

    RE: Missed pill and didn't double up until 3 days after

    Yes, carry on as if nothing was different. Take the remaining pills exactly as you would have and stop taking the active pills on schedule. The bleeding that you are experiencing is a pretty typical occurrence when you miss a pill (or several). Nothing to worry about :)
      • 8 months ago
        Thanks for your response. What do you mean by "stop taking the active pills on schedule"?
      • 8 months ago
        I mean don't take the pills you've forgotten at the end of the active ones, go straight to the sugar pills on the same day as you would have if you hadn't forgotten the others.
  • RE: Missed pill and didn't double up until 3 days after

    Yes, carry on as normal since you’re basically on your period now. You were right to do your research on the Zarah pill and double up.
    And for future reference to you and others who may read this, if you miss one pill, then take it as soon as you remember, or take 2 pills the next day. You shouldn’t need other contraception like a condom.
    But, if you miss 2 or more pills, then you’ll need back-up contraception for 1 week. If the pills were missed during the 1st week of your cycle, you may even need emergency contraception. Call your doctor to find out exactly what you should do to prevent a pregnancy.
    Also if you’re prone to missing pills, consider another hormonal birth control method. There are lots of options for you to look into. There’s a skin patch that you change weekly, and a vaginal ring you use monthly. Also, you could consider an injection every 3 months. And for long term convenience there are implants and IUDs that can stay in place for 3-5 years. Here’s an article with more information: Do You Know Your Long-Term Birth Control Options?