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Gastro, birth control and the possibility of pregnancy?

Hi everyone,
Yesterday after I took my active birth control pill I was very sick with gastro and vomiting and diarrhea all night. Today, I took my next pill like normal. The pill that was essentially 'missed' because of my gastro was the 3rd last active pill in the pack before the placebo tablets. The instructions on my pill (Estelle 35 which is similar to Diane 35) say I should take active pills for 7 days to protect against pregnancy. But I am away on holiday and don't have my prescription to get another packet as i only brought the one blister pack knowing that I'd have my period the next week. The last time I had unprotected sex was 10 days ago and I was taking my birth control pill regularly at this time.
So will I still be protected from pregnancy even though the one pill was essentially missed and I can't take active pills for more than another 2 days before I go onto the placebo pills?? how long until I can check for pregnancy with a pregnancy test?

Thank you very kindly for your answers!
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replied January 13th, 2013
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Missing active pills very close to placebo pills should affect your protection levels. However, since none of the birth control measures give you 100% protection, chances of pregnancy resulting due to contraceptive failure (due to possible hormonal and lifestyle changes) cannot be ruled out completely. Wait and watch for your periods/withdrawal bleeding. If periods have not started within 7 days of taking the last active pill, and if you suspect chances of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Stop the hormonal contraceptive use if you suspect pregnancy chances, or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
Take care.

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