This depends on how many pills were missed and from where in
If you forget to take a pill, and it's not more than 24 hours
late, then just take it as soon as you remember. If it is more than 24 hours
late, this is called a missed pill. You can still take the missed pill as soon
as possible (even if this means taking two pills at once) and you are still
If you miss two or more pills from the start of your pack or
you are late in starting your pack by 2 days you may still ovulate (produce an
egg) and so if you have unprotected sex during this cycle then then you will
need emergency contraception. However,
if you use additional (barrier) contraception for the next seven days
taking the rest of the pack and your seven-day pill-free break as usual, you will
If any pills are missed in the second week of a pack (pills
8-14), the contraceptive effect has built up and there is no need for emergency
contraception (as long as the pills in the first seven days of the pack were
taken correctly). Then finish the packet and have the usual pill-free interval.
If any pills are missed in the third week of a pack (pills
15-21), you are protected, but you should start the next pack of pills straight
away without the pill free break. If your pack contains any dummy/placebo
pills, throw these away and start a new pack. You are only protected if you
start the next packwithout a pill free break.
Mini Pill (progesterone only)
If you are more than 3 hours late (12 hours for desogestrel
pills such as Cerazette) then contraception cover is not guaranteed and
additional (barrier) contraception is required for two days. You should
take your pill as soon as you remember but only take one.
You will need emergency contraception if you’ve had unprotected
sex in the 2-3 days before or after the missed pill(s).