Missed birth control pill
Sex & Relationships

What to do if you miss a pill

If you’re taking the combined contraceptive pill and you miss a day, here’s what to do.

This article is about the combined contraceptive pill. If you're taking the progesterone-only pill, read this article instead.

Realizing that you’ve missed a pill can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a simple guide to follow when this happens:

Missed 1 pill?

  • Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking 2 pills in 1 day.
  • Carry on taking the rest of your pack as normal.
  • If you’ve only missed 1 pill and you follow the instructions above, you won’t need to use extra protection.

Missed 2 or more pills?

  • Take the most recent missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking 2 pills in one day. You can leave any earlier missed pills.
  • Use extra protection (such as condoms) for the next 7 days to ensure that you’re protected from pregnancy.
  • If you’ve had sex after missing 2 or more pills, you may need to contact your healthcare provider for a Plan B option, such as emergency contraception.


  • If there are 7 or more pills left in the pack after your most recent missed pill: finish the pack, take your 7-day break as normal.
  • if there are less than 7 pills left in the pack after your missed pill: finish the pack and start a new pack straight away and miss your 7 day break this month.

With everything else going on in our lives, it’s not always easy to stay on track. You can always set birth control reminders and visually track your pill intake in Cycles, so it can do the remembering for you. Get started today.