Seven pills at one time is not a good idea. You should simply start a new pack, but be aware you could get pregnant during the first new pack, hence the condoms.
Carrying your pills in your purse or in your cell phone case is a good way to avoid leaving them behind.
Even though pills can be forgotten or left behind they are the best form of contraception due to the many good side effects including more regular, lighter, shorter and less painful periods, reduced risks for ovarian and endometrial cancers, reduced risk for acne and abnormal hair growth,and the absence of increased weight gain.
Options to avoid missing the pill:
- The pharmacies have nationwide chains and they can transfer your prescription where you are;
- Also, I refill and send prescriptions to out-of-state pharmacies when my patients are in your situation, so call your GYN doc and explain you left on vacation and forgot the pills and can they send a prescription to a pharmacy near you? Most docs have electronic records now (when I send an electronic prescription to any pharmacy, it gets there after I click send).
pills early. You should follow-up with your Ob/Gyn to discuss further.
Since you have already missed a week, you can either wait to have a period like you would have during the placebo pill week or you can go on to another packet. Either option is fine depending on how close your period will be from your last one.
I hope this helps.
It may throw off your bleeding cycle, but after another packet of pills, this should return very nearly to normal.
If you miss more than two days, reliable contraception cannot be guaranteed and you need to restart a new package of pills and use a backup method (consistent condom use) for at least two weeks not withdrawal (pull-out), which is unreliable.
If this happens frequently you should speak to your doctor about an IUD, which requires no remembering and is much more effective. Good luck.
Peter G. McGovern, M.D.
You need to be on the next pack for at least 3 weeks with condoms until you have started to take it regularly or it will not be effective against preventing pregnancy.
I advise all my patients to keep the pills by your toothbrush because you at least do that the same time every day.
Always call your GYN when these things happen so that they can follow your cycle. I recommend making a follow up to see your GYN.
Jaime Goldstein, MD