Birth control is such a bittersweet creation. Pregnancy prevention is a must, but remembering to take that little pink pill every single day is a lot harder than it sounds.
When you forget to take your pill one day, two can be taken the next day. Katherine O’Connell, a gynecologist at Baystate Medical Center and a former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, told Time, “With regard to what missing pills can do to effectiveness, if you miss one pill, the hormones are in your blood enough that when you take that pill late, or even the next day if you double up, so to speak, you’re not at increased risk for pregnancy… If you miss two, though, you are now at risk.”
Dr. Charles Ascher-Walsh, the director of the Division of Gynecology and co-director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Elite Daily that doubling up on your birth control pill one day will generally not cause any real problems. That being said, nausea and breast tenderness can come up as a result of high estrogen levels.
Headaches, diarrhea and irregular bleeding are also potential outcomes when doubling up on the birth control pill, however these symptoms are much rarer.
Everyone’s body is totally different, meaning everyone’s body will have a different reaction to doubling up on birth control pills.
If you are someone who finds yourself in the double-up situation more often than not, then perhaps looking into other contraceptive options wouldn’t hurt. Two great alternatives to the birth control pill are the Nuva Ring and an IUD.
Both the Nuva Ring and the IUD are inserted into you and stay in for the duration of your cycle for the Nuva Ring and up to five years for the IUD. This requires much less memory on your end and both alternatives are great contraceptive options for pregnancy prevention.
Taking a contraceptive is a part of life for most girls. Choosing the right contraceptive for you is important, but just because you miss a few pills here and there does not mean you need to get off the pill.