Why should I try pill reminders?
If you notice that you are forgetting to take your contraceptive pill on time each day, then you may consider using a pill reminder to help you.
There have been a few studies on the effectiveness of pill reminders that report positive effects with the short-term use of these devices, and healthcare professional are recommending them more and more often.
Why is it important not to miss the Pill? – you need to take your pill regularly and on time because:
- Your contraceptive contains hormones that need to be kept at the right level in your body to stop you getting pregnant
- Delayed or missed pills cause lower concentrations of these hormones in your body, which increase the risk of pregnancy
- Your pill needs to be taken within the same 12 hours each day to stop this happening (unless you’re using a mini pill that doesn’t contain desogestrel in which case within 3 hours)
- If you do miss your pills you will need to use additional protection in the meantime (like condoms) and you may have to get advice from your doctor
Pill reminders are useful in no matter what pack size of Pill you’re using:
- With the 21 day packs you can use a pill reminder device to remind you to take your contraceptive each day as well as to restart it once your 7 day period (withdrawal bleed) is complete.
- With the 28 day packs the last 7 tablets do not contain any hormones. These are sometimes called ‘reminder’ or more commonly, ‘placebo’ tablets. They are part of your monthly pack to help remind you to take your contraceptive each day and to start your next pack on time. You could also use a pill reminder device with these 28-day packs if you are finding it difficult to remember to take your contraceptive daily.
If you have missed your contraceptive pill or have taken a delayed dose then refer to our missed pill page and contact your doctor.
If you are experiencing any side effects that are affecting how you take your contraceptive, then speak to your doctor. This could include side effects not listed in your package leaflet.