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Can an old pack of BC pills be continued while having new one?

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Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016
Question: I am taking a birth control pill, Watson Pharma Low Ogestrel. My prescription order came a few days late, so I was not able to take the first pill of the pack on a Sunday. I followed the directions and took a Wednesday pill when I got the new pack and continued through the first week. The directions for this pill say to throw out the pack I just started one week of, and then begin a new pack, regardless of the fact that it is not Sunday. The issue is that I have timed my period to occur just before I go on vacation. If I start a new pack, it will postpone my period until my vacation. Can I just continue the original pack that I received if I still want my period to be on schedule? If I use another contraceptive method, what if I just stop taking the pill altogether the rest of this month?
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Yes,you can continue the same pack.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,

Thanks for trusting hcm about your health care.
I have gone through your history and understand your concerns.

Yes,you can continue with the same pack.

If you want to stop it,you should use some other contraceptive method to avoid pregnancy.

Hope found useful, feel free to ask more information.

Good luck.
Regards

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Can an old pack of BC pills be continued while having new one?

Brief Answer: Yes,you can continue the same pack. Detailed Answer: Hello dear, Thanks for trusting hcm about your health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Yes,you can continue with the same pack. If you want to stop it,you should use some other contraceptive method to avoid pregnancy. Hope found useful, feel free to ask more information. Good luck. Regards