The progestogen only pill is also known as the mini-pill or everyday pill. This is a contraceptive pill that you take every day without any breaks.
You should take your pill at the same time every day. With some pills you can take it up to 12 hours late. If you look at your pill pack and the active hormone is called “desogestrel” then you have 12 hours. All other progestogen only pills allow you to take it up to 3 hours late.
If you are late taking your pill or have missed pills:
The combined hormonal contraceptive pill is normally taken every day for 3 weeks and then you have 1 week off. You are protected from pregnancy during your pill free week as long as you remember to start you pill again when it is due.
Some people take their pills in a different way after discussing it with a doctor or nurse.
Some people have ‘sugar’ or ‘placebo’ pills to take during their pill free week instead of having a break.
You should take your pill at the same time every day. You are allowed to miss one pill anywhere in your pack or start the new pack one day late and still have contraceptive cover.
However if you miss more than one pill you will need to follow the “missed pill rules” to reduce your chance of falling pregnant:
If there are seven or more pills left in the pack after the missed pill:
If there are fewer than seven pills left in the pack after the missed pill:
If you think that you might need emergency contraception then it is important that you get advice as quickly as possible. There are time limits on when you can take emergency contraception.
If you want to talk to someone about emergency contraception you can speak to your GP or one of our Unity Sexual Health clinics.
You can read about the progestogen only pill here:
And the combined hormonal contraceptive pill here:
Your GP surgery should be able to answer any questions you might have.
Some pharmacists can also provide advice about emergency contraception.
Find your local Pharmacy or Clinic and book a confidential appointment.
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