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Can delaying a pill make one prone to pregnancy?

Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here... Hi, I have missed 1 pill which I was meant to take last night, I just remembered now and quickly took it. If I was to have sex today, what are the chances of me getting pregnant? I have been on the pill for 3 months and I am on my 3rd week of the pill pack. Please help!
Wed, 3 Mar 2021
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Hello,

Yes, delaying to take the pill may make one prone to pregnancy. If you have taken pills correctly on the same day and time everyday, the efficacy of the pills should be maintained. But if you have delayed taking pills or taken pills after you remembered, the efficacy may be reduced so you are suggested to use any barrier contraceptive device eg. condom so that you don't get pregnant. In case you have unprotected sex and have missed or delayed taking regular CP then you can take emergency CP within 72 hours of unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
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Can delaying a pill make one prone to pregnancy?

Hello, Yes, delaying to take the pill may make one prone to pregnancy. If you have taken pills correctly on the same day and time everyday, the efficacy of the pills should be maintained. But if you have delayed taking pills or taken pills after you remembered, the efficacy may be reduced so you are suggested to use any barrier contraceptive device eg. condom so that you don t get pregnant. In case you have unprotected sex and have missed or delayed taking regular CP then you can take emergency CP within 72 hours of unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician