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Ask the Expert | Oregon CCare

Got a question about birth control?


Connie is a public health nurse at the Oregon Health Authority and has heard it all.

Here is one she gets asked a lot:

If I miss one of my birth control pills what do I do? I am super paranoid about getting pregnant, I don't have time for it right now. - Female, age 18, Ashland

Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, take the next one at the usual time, and use a backup method (like condoms) for the next week, just in case. Depending on which pill you are taking, your chances of getting pregnant may be higher if the pill is not taken at the same time every day. If you find yourself forgetting more than once, you could set an alarm on your phone, mark it on your calendar or switch to a method that is easier to remember and live worry-free from an unplanned pregnancy.

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