Forgetting to Take Logynon

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Missing a contraceptive pill can reduce the effectiveness of the pill in preventing you from pregnancy. It is important that you maintain a constant flow of the hormones into your body in order to control your menstrual cycle in such a way that you won’t get pregnant. Therefore, forgetting a pill can disrupt this flow and increase the risk of falling pregnant.

The risk of pregnancy increases with the number of pills you miss and the hours since your last pill. If you have missed one pill and it has been less than 12 hours since you were supposed to take it, take the missing pill straight away. You should still be protected in these circumstances and you should carry on with the rest of the pack as normal.

However, you run a higher risk of falling pregnant if it has been more than 12 hours since you were supposed to take the pill or you have missed more than one pill. In these instances, you should take the last missed pill immediately and ignore all the other missed pills. Continue with the rest of the pack and use condoms for the next seven days to provide extra protection.

If you were over 12 hours or you missed more than one contraceptive pill and there are less than seven days left in the pack, follow the instructions above until you come to the end of the strip. Instead of having a withdrawal bleed, start taking the next strip immediately to protect you from pregnancy. Missing a withdrawal bleed is not harmful and you should experience one at the end of the second pack.

If you had unprotected sex during the time in which you missed the contraceptive pill you may be pregnant. There is more chance of pregnancy if you missed any of the pills in the first seven days of the strip so contact your doctor who can advise you in this situation and you may have to take emergency contraception.

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