It could be a super-tight schedule keeping you on your toes, or the stress of meeting deadlines as you work from home, or a virtual party with friends, or the lockdown frustration making you more forgetful—whatever it is that made you forget about popping your regular birth control pill must not be stressed upon.
Because guess what? Just like all the other mistakes in life, you have a fair chance of rectifying this one as well.
Surely, these pills can be your best bet if you’re sexually active with no intention of getting pregnant. So, you start taking hormonal birth-control pills within the first week of getting your period and finish off the 21-pill pack by popping one pill every night religiously.
“Birth control pills work by inhibiting the body’s natural hormonal cycle to prevent pregnancy. The hormones control the working of the ovary and the uterus. Pills act by stopping ovulation (i.e., the release of an egg from the ovary which happens once a month) and making the lining of the uterus unfavourable for implantation of the fertilized egg,” explains Dr Uma Vaidyanathan, senior consultant, obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.
Naturally, you’re bound to freak out if you end up missing your daily dose/ a couple of doses of the combined oral contraceptive pill containing estrogen and progesterone. But, here’s what you can do to save yourself from the horror of an unwanted/unplanned pregnancy in that case:
If you’ve missed one pill from the pack or started a new pack one day late
Firstly, just take a deep breath because according to Dr. Vaidyanathan, you’re still protected against pregnancy if this is your case. However, she recommends taking the following steps to make up for the missed pill:
If you’ve missed two or more pills anywhere in the pack or started a new pack two or more days late
“Your protection against pregnancy can be affected in this case,” says Dr Vaidyanathan and suggests the following steps to make up for it:
If you’ve reached the end of the 21-pill pack after missing two or more pills
Needless to say, your risk of getting pregnant due to unprotected sexual intercourse increases ten folds in this case. But, since the show must go on, Dr Vaidyanathan recommends taking the following steps to rectify the blunder:
Now that you know how to get your contraceptive cover back despite missing the required dose of your hormonal birth-control pills, we’d say stop panicking and get back in the game by following Dr Vaidyanathan’s advice, okay?