Hello, on 8/11 I switched from Loestrin 24FE to Microgestin 1/20. My GP neglected to tell me when to start taking Microgestin, and when I was able to get a hold of her, she said to begin Microgestin when I am done with the Loestrin 24FE 4 placebo pills. I was a bit confused with which pill to start with, and subsequently I took 2 placebo pills in a row (Saturday night 8/27 & Sunday night 8/28 ) on my 3rd week. I had unprotected sex on Sunday night, and the following day began to research about whether I had taken my birth control pack correctly. For the month of August, I have only taken 16 hormone pills before taking 2 placebo pills on 8/27 & 8/28. On Monday evening, 8/29, I "doubled up" and took 2 hormone pills after reading that I was supposed to have taken at least 21 hormone pills before taking the placebo pills. Today, Tuesday 8/30 I have light bleeding (not spotting). What should I do now?
A) Take 2 pills today (Tuesday Pill + missed Sunday Pill) and then start a new pack? Will I continue to bleed?
B) Take Plan B & start a new pack of birth control?
Please advise. I am very confused right now. Also, regarding the best choice, how many days should I wait before I am protected from pregnancy?
Welcome to ehealthforum,
You should have considered continuing the current pill pack as instructed until reaching the placebo pills and then started the switchover of the pills after completing 4 placebo pills. Since you have doubled up the pills after intercourse, you should remain protected against pregnancy. Wait for your withdrawal bleeding. Start the next pill pack on time and use additional protection if having intercourse while being on the new pill pack. Visit your gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance. Be in regular follow-up with your gynecologist and report any unusual/new symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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