When you miss taking a contraceptive pill at the beginning or end of the menstrual cycle, you may lose the contraceptive protection because, it lengthens the pill-free interval further.
If you are late to take your pill less than 12 hours, you should take the delayed pill at once and continue taking further pills as usual.
If you are late to take your pill more than 12 hours, you should take the most recently delayed pill now and discard any earlier missed pills. You should use extra precautions for the next seven days such as condoms. You should count the number of pills are left in the pack after the most recently delayed pill. If the pack contains seven or more pills after the most recently delayed pill, you should continue taking further pills and leave the usual seven-day break before starting your next pack. If your pack contains fewer than seven pills, you should finish the pack as usual and start the next pack next day without a seven-day break.
What is birth control?
Combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP)
Combined Hormonal Patches
Progestogen-only contraceptive methods
Progestogen-only pill (Mini-pill/POP)