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Hi I am on Microlite for the past 6/7 months. Last month

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Hi

I am on Microlite for the past 6/7 months. Last month I missed one or two pills. I was not sexually active at that time so it wasnt a problem. Anyway I took my seven pill free days and had my period. I started back taking the pill last night but I am not sure if I should have started back the nite before that. If I was one day late starting back would it reduce protection ? And if so for how long.

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Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  jbmd replied 3 years ago.

jbmd :

I'll be glad to give you some advice. The great odds are that you will be fine but to be more sure you could take on this morning and one tonight and continue from there. It's the beginning of your cycle, one of the least likely times for this to affect you.

jbmd :

If you are particularly worried about the fact that you're on a low dose pill, use a second form of protection all month, like condoms but I think you will be fine.

jbmd :

This is advice only and not to replace your local medical care.

jbmd :

The failure rate of Microlite is 1% per year and if you miss a dose, the failure rate is higher but still low. From now on if you rely on it, take as prescribed.

jbmd :

I see you are in Ireland so replace "take one this morning" with "take one now and another tonight and continue from there."

jbmd :

I hope this reassures you.

jbmd :

If, on the other hand, your period doesn't come at the end of this pack, take a pregnancy test before starting a new pack. The home tests are very accurate now. However, you ARE going to be fine. Great odds are in your favor

jbmd :

Why did you rate poor service? I usually get excellent and what I said was correct.

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