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emmabear
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I have been on Aviane 28 for 2.5 years now and have never had a problem with them, but my most recent pack of pills hasn't arrived yet because of a miscommunication between my insurance and the mail-order pharmacy. I am due to start a new pack on Sunday, but because this is a holiday weekend (at least in the US) I am not sure that they will arrive tomorrow or Saturday. I know the first pill in a new pack is a really bad one to miss, and I'm wondering if I should just start taking the new pills whenever they arrive (even if it's more than 3 days from Sunday) or if I should just wait an entire month and start on the Sunday after my next period like I did when I first started on the pills. Any advice on how I should start the new pack?

***Also, at my next exam I will ask for an extra pack in my prescription so this doesn't happen again!

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I would advise that you start the pills as soon as you get them. You will want to back up with a condom for that pack, though, as your protection will likely be compromised.

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Johanna
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emmabear
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Thanks for the answer! Just to be completely clear, this would be okay even if I get the pills more than 3 days late? And I can just start the pack and not take multiples to make up for missed pills?

Thanks!

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Robin Lee
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Absolutely. Just start the new pack as you would normally. As Joey said, it is advisable to use a bacup method of birth control (such as condoms) for the first cycle as you will not have had continuous protection. But otherwise you're good to go.

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Robin

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