Forgetting a Norimin Pill

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If you forget to take a pill, you run the risk of pregnancy. The pill relies on a constant influx of hormones in order to control your menstrual cycle so if you forget to take the pill or take it late, you will disrupt this flow and therefore increase the risk of pregnancy. The effectiveness of the pill decreases depending on how late the pill is and how many pills you have missed. It also depends on where in the pack you have missed the pill.

If you are less than 12 hours late in forgetting the pill, take the pill immediately and carry on with the rest of the strip as usual. You should be protected in this instance. However, if the pill is more than 12 hours late or you have forgotten more than one pill, you won’t be protected from pregnancy. Take the last missed pill and disregard the previously missed ones. Continue with the rest of the pack as normal but use extra protection for the next seven days.

If you have missed a pill and there are less than seven pills left in the pack, you need to follow the instructions above but start a new strip immediately after finishing the present one. This means that you will not have a withdrawal bleed week as you miss this week out.  You should have a withdrawal bleed after the second strip. If you have had unprotected sex when you missed the pill, there is a chance you may be pregnant so contact your doctor for advice.

Losing a pill

If you lose a pill, you can do something about it. Do not just simply miss it as you will not be protected from pregnancy. You can take another strip and take one of the pills from that pack. Treat that strip as a spare strip in case you lose any other pills. 

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