Re: Kinda Needing Help
Not really...you COULD take however many pills you have left and then go straight into a new pack, but that really depends on what pill you are on.
The easiest thing to do is to simply start a new pack and take ALL 21 "active" pills before going into the placebos.
Your pill packet should have come with a pamphlet of information. I suggest you read it so you're familiar with the correct way to take the pill. The other option is to go to your pharmacy and ask them to explain it to you, but they'll tell you what I'm tell you: that you MUST take 21 active pills in a row before you take a break for your period or else you lose the effectiveness to prevent pregnancy.
However, in all honesty, the easiest thing for you to do is to begin a new pack of pills today, or whenever you get them, even IF you are still bleeding and use back-up such as condoms (or simply abstain from sex) until you have correctly taken the pill for seven consecutive days.
Some things to know about taking the pill:
Late pills/missed pillsWith most combined pills (ones containing a progestin and an estrogen), a pill is not considered "missed" until it is twelve hours late. Even then, with most pills, one missed pill is not a cause for concern and the literature that came with the pill will generally suggest that no back-up is needed. However, if two pills in a row are missed, then back-up is needed until you've taken it correctly for seven consecutive days. Being late by an hour or two will not make the pill less effective, but taking it at a different time each day will lower it's efficiency to around 92%, the "typical" effectiveness. Taken perfectly, it is 99.9% effective.
If you vomit one to two hours after taking your pill, your body may not have had a chance to absorb it. You can either make up the pill by taking one from a spare pack, or else just continue on with your regular schedule, taking the next pill at it's usual time. If you are sick the next day as well, use back-up until you've taken the pill correctly and without vomiting for seven consecutive days. Likewise, if you have really bad diarrhea for several days, use back-up until you've taken the pill correctly and without severe diarrhea for seven consecutive days.
Some antibiotics can make the pill less effective. So far the only proven one is rifampin, but if you want to be extra careful, you can use back-up while taking antibiotics and for seven days afterwards.
If you have breakthrough bleeding, keep taking your pills. It is a very common side effect when taking the pill for the first time. It generally takes a woman three to six months to get fully "used" to the pill and during that time, while she is protected from pregnancy provided she takes her pills correctly, she is likely to experience side effects like sore breasts, nausea, breakthrough bleeding, etc.
If you have shortness of breath, severe chest pain, severe leg pain, severe abnominal pain, blurry vision or a severe headache, contact your doctor. Those are all possible signs of a serious side effect of the pill, such as a blood clot or stroke. Those are RARE side effects of the pill, but be aware of the signs nonetheless.
Last edited by Daisies4monkeys; 08-21-2005 at 06:21 PM.