You Skip a Birth-Control Pill Now and Then
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The verdict: It won't kill you, but...
It could get you pregnant. For every 100 women using oral contraceptives, between two and nine get pregnant each year, mostly because of errors, like forgetting a pill or starting a pack late, says Lauren Streicher, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. If you miss your daily dose: "Take it as soon as you remember, or take two the next day," she says. "If you skip two pills, take two pills for two days, and use backup birth control, like a condom, for a week."
The best birth control is the one you use consistently, so if you find you're having trouble staying on top of a daily pill, talk to your doc about changing things up—IUDs and implants, for instance, are effective set-it-and-forget-it options.