I have missed a dose of my combined pill
Combined pills (which contain two active ingredients) need to be taken once every 24 hours. If you forget to take your pill for any reason, you can still take it within the next 24 hours without having to worry about your protection. Just take it as soon as you remember and carry on taking your pill at the correct time. This might mean that you take two pills on the same day. However, if your pack ends within less than 7 days you need to skip your pill break and continue with the next blister pack instead.
If you have missed your pill for more than 48 hours, this could affect your protection. You need to:
- Take a pill as soon as you remember and then continue as usual.
- You will also need to use an additional contraceptive such as a condom for the following seven days.
- If your pack ends within less than 7 days you need to skip your pill break and continue with the next blister pack instead.
If you have had sex during the days before you missed your pill(s) you may need to consider emergency contraception.
This advice does not apply to the combined pills that have varying doses throughout the month, like Qlaira and biphasic and triphasic pills. You should ask your GP for advice about these.