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Hey, I missed a pill last month (September) and don't know exactly what day it was. I just ended up with an extra pill at the end of the month (Sept.) I had sex the day I started the white pills for the next month (Oct.) Will that affect this month at all? I'm in the middle of the pack (Oct.) I plan on having sex this weekend and I don't really want any chances of me getting pregnant and I'm sure he doesn't either.

Those have been the only times I've had/will have sex since my skipped pill.

Help! I'm scared! I haven't noticed any symptoms, which is good.
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replied October 16th, 2008
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you should have taken the pill as soon as you remembered it, did it not occur to you until the end of the month that you'd missed the pill??? i believe if you miss one pill you're ok, you should be fine for this month but if you feel like you need to you can always back it up with a condom or spermacide, but you should be fine
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replied October 16th, 2008
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you still got your period at the end of the month for september right?
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replied October 16th, 2008
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One pill is usually OK. You should take the missed pill whenever you notice it though. It shouldn't have any extreme effect to your period. Always take your pills by what day it is, that way if the Wednesday pill is still there and its Thursday, you'll notice right away and be able to take the pill.

For this case, and any other time you are not sure, you can use a back up method of birth control (condoms, spermacides, VCF). If you haven't been taking your pills correctly, then back up methods are always a good idea whether its needed or not.

Better safe than sorry, right?
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replied October 17th, 2008
I'm thinking I probably missed it close to the end of the month. I didn't have any problems because of it and I got my period in September as usual.

I use a pill organizer to do my medication instead of taking it everyday right out of the package. Not doing that anymore from now on. I'll keep it separate.

I know this is going to sound bad, but he doesn't want to use condoms and I'm on the pill anyways. That's what we figure. This is probably going to be my last time having sex for awhile, so I just want to make sure that everything should turn out okay. I'm still a little nervous. Sounds like my next two periods are going to be like early Christmas presents.
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replied October 19th, 2008
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No, it's not a big deal if neither of you want to use condoms.

But what I meant was when you're not sure if you've taken your pills correctly, then you need to use a back up method. Condoms are just one possible option of many.
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replied October 19th, 2008
I also took one a few hours late this afternoon because I was at home and my pills were at school. I came back here and there was some breakthrough bleeding. I took it as soon as I got back here. I'm scared because I had a lot of sex this weekend. Mer. I'm young and irresponsible, but there wasn't much I could do today. I didn't bring my Sunday pills with me, only enough for Saturday. The last time I had sex was yesterday, but I know all of his stuff stays inside of you for awhile. I guess I'm young, dumb, and and irresponsible teenager. I'm worried and I can't really talk to any of my friends about it and I don't really want to freak my "buddy" out, although we are good friends. I don't want him to worry because I don't think there's anything wrong. It's just that little bit of unsurity that gets to me.
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replied October 19th, 2008
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What kind of pill are you taking?

Young and irresponsible is not an excuse. You're having sex. It's a pretty adult thing to do. If you mess up with your pills its not that big a deal if its only now and then-- it happens. Be responsible and use a back up method when it happens. It doesn't have to be condoms. There are a lot of different options, if you need help looking into possible options then I'd be happy to help directly, find someone who can help, OR you can speak with your doctor.

Worrying about pregnancy sucks.. why wouldn't you want to put in the little extra effort so you can stop worrying?
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replied October 20th, 2008
I'm taking Loestrin24Fe. I just stared taking it two and a half months ago. I had sex after two months.

I know. I've made some mistakes and haven't been responsible. I feel really bad about it and I've learned my lesson. Worrying about something like this is horrible even though I know it's not very unlikely that there's anything wrong.

I don't know much about other methods of birth control, considering I was taught abstinence only, which is always a bad idea.

Like I said, I probably won't have sex for awhile because I've found a potential boyfriend and will hopefully get asked this week, which is before I'll see the guy I'm having sex with. Unless of course, I decide the potential boyfriend isn't my type or something. Then I go back to having sex because I'm giving that up for a relationship, which is more important to me. This weekend was pretty much all sex because my friend and I figure it's our last opportunity. For me, sex is a very big step in a relationship, but in other cases, it's fun.

I really don't have anyone to talk to about this because most of our friends either don't know we're even having sex or they would be really worried about me. The two people I'd trust don't know we are and I don't plan on telling them. No one who doesn't know would ever expect him to be having sex with me or be having sex in general. They'd expect it out of me or think I'm a bad influence on him just because I lost my virginity in an experimental one night stand with an acquaintance a few months ago while drinking. Yes, we did use condoms. I made a mistake there too and I very much regret it. Now I'm a "s**t" and I don't want them to lose any more respect for me. Maybe I am a s**t. Who knows. After all, I am doing my ex-boyfriend. Sorry for being emotional. There's just a lot going on in my head and there's really no one to talk to. I should be writing a paper, but I can't concentrate. I might break down to my friend Zach, but I know he'd express his thoughts that I'm an idiot for having sex with Max and won't be sympathetic at all, but may have some insight. I'll talk to him if I don't get my next period.

Do you think that if I get my period in ten days I'm all good or is that too early to know since it was only about two weeks before my period? I think the bleeding stopped after I took my medicine.

There's a little window that popped up when I tried to send this that said there's censored words. Do I need to change something?
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replied October 20th, 2008
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If you miss one ever again, take it within 24 hours from when you usually take it. Loestrin 24 Fe is a combination contraceptive, meaning it contains both estrogen (estradiol I believe) and progestins. This gives you a timeframe of 24 hrs only. If you happen to miss it, you must wait 7 days before the contraceptives will be effective again.

There are pregnancy tests available from the pharmacy.

I suggest talking to your doctor or sexual health officer to manage your contraceptive schedule and for information about what to do if you miss a dose.

Alternative contraceptives can include IUDs, a needle, condoms for men or women, implanon devices and other drugs (progesterone-only, but these have an even smaller time frame).
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replied October 20th, 2008
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Ok, I was just making sure you were actually on a combination pill rather than the mini pill. You're usually OK if you're a little late with the combination pills, I wouldn't worry about it. If the breakthrough bleeding doesn't go away then you'll need to speak with your doctor to switch pills (Breakthrough bleeding is annoying, but not serious).

Are you sure you're comfortable having sex with this guy? Sex is fun, but the feeling obviously doesn't last for you and seems to be causing some stress. There's nothing wrong with taking a break from it if you've got other things that need your attention. Worrying about pregnancy is exhausting and its hard to think about anything else. As for your respect issue, its whatever you are comfortable with. If you're losing respect for yourself, then you should consider stopping. There's no reason to continue something that just makes you feel worse.

Don't worry about the censored words, just try not to use any language you wouldn't use in front of a 5 year old and don't try to censor anything yourself. You can PM me if you'd rather talk about things privately.
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replied October 20th, 2008
Seven days?! I hope I missed the pill before that. I had sex at the beginning of the next month and got my period fine, so I think I'm alright from that.

Ok, that's a good thing about accidentally taking it late. The breakthrough bleeding went away pretty quickly. I've only gotten it a few times since I've started and that was mostly during the first month.

My loss of self-respect is mostly due to how my friends see me. They're not really afraid to express their opinions, verbal or not. And I have low confidence anyways. And I'm in the middle of one of my random depressive episodes right now, which is probably due to the seasonal changes, but that's a different story. Yes I'm taking care of that and am in the process of switching meds.

I am taking a break from sex if Ryan asks me out. Infidelity is a bad thing and I'd never even think about it. You're right about not being able to think about anything else, but that's true for a lot of things right now. Worrying about this, though, is exhausting. 9 days until my wonderful period is supposed to start. I've never looked forward to it before.

Oh, and I don't think I can take a pregnancy test until two weeks after sex. My period will come before that. I wish I could take one now, but I'd be embarrassed to buy one anyways.
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replied October 20th, 2008
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Well be careful with any depression. If you ever feel different/worse then make sure you let your doctor know-- sometimes birth control can affect that too.

Good luck noodles, and don't feel embarrassed about buying pregnancy tests. People can mind their own business. Wink
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replied October 20th, 2008
Yeah, I actually switch medications tomorrow, so I hope things start getting better.

Thanks for your help!
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