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Taking more than one contraceptive pill

By Anonymous March 3, 2017 - 3:34pm
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I have been on Gedarel for the past 18 months, and am currently on day 8 of 21.
There's been a few days in this cycle where I have accidentally taken two pills in one day because I couldn't be sure if I had taken one that morning. I know there are no real side effects to this apart from headaches, sickness, nausea and possible bleeding which I've had none of - I just wanted to find out if this would affect the level of the contraception? I know it's a common thing to accidentally take two pills in a day but i've done this a few days in a row and I am worried about overdose, and the effectiveness of the pill. Does anyone know anything about this ? Thank you!

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Hi, Anon.

Thank you for reaching out to our community.

Birth control pills are highly effective at preventing pregnancy if taken correctly. So, in that sense, taking them routinely (and at the same time every day), ensures that the pill will be effective. If by a few times you mean at least 3 times you (possibly) missed your pill and doubled up, it might be a good idea to speak with your doctor or pharmacist.


March 4, 2017 - 5:27am
(reply to Helena)

Okay, thank you!
If I had taken my pills routinely and regularly (every day at the same time), would an overdose like this make the pill ineffective?

March 4, 2017 - 7:19am
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I don't think it would, but it's always best to check with your pharmacist.


March 4, 2017 - 7:45am
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