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Missed a pill?

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Lots of girls forget to take a pill sometimes. Or they’ve vomited or had diarrhoea, so the pill is less effective. 

Are you still protected?

Whether you’re at risk of becoming pregnant depends on the week when you missed a pill and how many pills you missed. If you’ve vomited or had diarrhoea, that also counts as missing a pill. 

Go to Missed a pill, what should I do? to find out whether you’re still protected against pregnancy and what you need to do now. This advice is only for blister strips with 21 pills which are all the same. 

Every day pills and the mini pill (28-day blister strip)

Does your blister strip have 3 different pills in it (different colour for each week)? Or more than 21 pills in a strip? 

Then the instructions in the pack will tell you what to do. You can also ask your doctor or call the Sense Infolijn helpline.

Have you had sex?

If you’ve had penis-in-vagina sex, and semen got into your vagina, do the Morning after test to find out what you can do now.

There is a greater risk of pregnancy:

  • If you had just started taking the pill
  • If you missed the 1st pill after the pill-free week
  • If you’ve forgotten to take 1 or more pills in the 1st week of your pill strip
  • If you’ve missed a pill twice or more in a short period
  • If you’ve forgotten a pill once before from the same pill strip

Do you often miss a pill?

Perhaps a different kind of contraceptive would suit you better. Ask your doctor or call the Sense Infolijn helpline.