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pineapplepink
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For birth control I am on Velivet, it's a triphasic regimen. I have been on it for over a year and I rarely miss a pill. As I went to take my pill last night, I noticed that on Friday I took a pill from the wrong week! I took week 3's Friday, not week 2's like I was supposed to. Either way, I still got some hormone in me and it was probably a higher dose. But what do I do now? Do I continue taking the pills in order? I took Friday's week 2 last night so now I have one pill left of week 2 and 6 left for week 3.

I called my pharmacist and he told me to keep taking them in order but that the mistake "really messed me up" and I should use backup. I then called my pharmacist from home for a second opinion and he said that it's "not that big of a deal."

The more urgent matter is that I had sex on Wednesday. I would appreciate a third opinion on whether or not I am at risk now from that mistake. I will use a second form of protection for the rest of the month either way.

Thank you!

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Karybu
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So the last time you had sex was before the mix-up with your pills? If so, then that's not a concern as far as risk goes: a mistake with pills is only a worry for sex that happens after that mistake, not before.

As far as the effectiveness of the rest of this pack goes, it may have been compromised, although your pill won't be totally ineffective; however, using a second method of birth control is always a good idea whenever something like this happens.

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pineapplepink
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Yes, the Wednesday before. I remember learning that starting a pack late puts you at risk because you could ovulate and there could also be sperm left behind from recent intercourse. I wanted to make sure that this wasn't a situation like that. Thanks for the response!
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