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About the Birth Control Pill

There are many different types of pill packs. The first 3 weeks of
pills have hormones and the last week has no hormones.

When you miss pills, your chance of getting pregnant is higher. For
your pills to work best, you need to:

  • Start your new pack on time.
  • Take 1 pill a day at about the same time that you do a daily
    activity, like brushing your teeth.
  • Keep taking your pills even if you start spotting or bleeding.
  • Know when to use a back-up method, like condoms.
  • Know when to use EC pills after unprotected sex.

Watch for warning signs.

Call your Family PACT provider right away if you have
any of these signs:

  • Chest pain
  • Headaches that are sudden or repeated and painful
  • Eye problems
  • Severe leg pain
  • Severe abdominal pain

What do I do if I miss any pills or
start my new pack late?

Choose the week that applies to you.

Week 1

If you missed 1 or more pills:

  • Take 1 pill as soon as you can. 
  • Keep taking a pill every day at the regular time.
  • Use a back-up method until you have taken your pills
    at the regular time for 7 days in a row.
  • Use EC if you had sex without a back-up method after
    the missed pill.

Week 2 or 3

If you missed 1 or 2 pills:

  • Take 1 pill as soon as you can.
  • Keep taking a pill every day at the regular time.
  • Start your next pack of pills at the end of Week 3 -
    skip Week 4, pills with no hormones.

If you missed 3 or more pills:

Follow the same steps as missing 1 or 2 pills, and:

  • Use a back-up method until you have taken your pills
    at the regular time for 7 days in a row.
  • Use EC if you had sex without a back-up method after
    the missed pills.

Special note for women who use progestin-only pills
(also called "mini-pills"):

It is very important to take your pills at the same time every day.
If you are more than 3 hours late when you take these pills,
follow these steps:

  • Take 1 pill as soon as you can.
  • Take 1 pill the next day.
  • Then, keep taking 1 pill a day at your regular time.
  • Use a back-up method, like condoms, for 48 hours.

If you had sex in the last 5 days and you did not use a back-up
method, use EC right away.

  • Have trouble remembering to take your pill on time? Ask
    about other methods that might work better for you. 
  • Have questions? Call your Family PACT provider at

       ______________________________________________
Your provider's telephone number

The Birth Control Pill does not protect you from HIV or other
infections peole get from having sex.

Use condoms along with the Pill to protect yourself from these
infections.

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