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lkv246
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It's Friday night and my doctor's office isn't open till Monday. My mom who is an RN advised me to take the next day's pill and just start next month's pack a day earlier by skipping the last placebo pill. Will I be ok?
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Was the pill you dropped a placebo pill? If was then you are ok, just take the next days pill as normal then since placebo pills are just sugar pills and are just there so you take the active ones on time.

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No it was an active pill [Frown]
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Ok, so in my opinion depending on how far along you are in the pack, I would take the pill you dropped from the new pack you have and just continue from there on the new pack, like say you drop the first pill from second week in this pack so you go to the new pack and start from there.
Then on Monday call the doctor for a refill

Another way is if you are at the end and dropped one of the last active pills then in my opinion I would just stop taking it and wait until bleeding starts, which would happen pretty soon after, just start a whole new pack and if you are sexually active, use protection from when you stopped taking it to a week or so after starting the new pack.

This is just the way I did it before in my own experience so do what you think would be better for you, of course professional advise is better.

[ 02-28-2014, 11:14 PM: Message edited by: bookwormfairy ]

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It was day 2 of the new pack I lost down the sink. I ended up taking day 3 of the pack. I do not have a new pack on back up since this pack I literally picked up a few days ago.
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You can try planned parenthood for a new pack. Ok, with this information, another possibility is to take next pill and skip placebo pills all together and go on to a new pack.

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Okay, thank you! I'll call my doctor Monday but the third week when I will be short a pill I should be ok? Im on Gildess Fe 1/20 and Im pretty sure each active pill is the same.
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I mean, until the 3rd week where I will eventually miss the pill unless my doctor can give me an extra, I should be okay up to that day?
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Yes it is monophasic, meaning the same dosage is in each pill, just use protection until a week after you start the new pack. For now just continue taking them a normal and call the doctor on Monday and see what they say to err on the safe side. Here's articles on the pill for more info - http://www.scarleteen.com/birth_control_bingo_the_combination_pill
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-pill-4228.htm

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Just in case you are still looking for info on this, I'd advise against shortening the active pill cycle by one day. You'll just want to keep taking your pills as directed, and when you get to the end of the pack, make up the missed pill with a pill from a spare pack so that you have taken the complete cycle of active pills. Then do your placebo week, just as directed, and start a new pack at the end of it.

Ideally, you'll want to keep that spare pack handy so you can use it to make up pills when one goes missing.

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