Birth Control/missed pill

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Dear. Dr.  allison,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††.          i'm using yasmin† birth control for almost 2 yrs now. The day before yesterday I started a new pack but yesterday I forgot to take a pill,so I took the missed pill today in the morning and will take todays pill at 7 pm.. is there a possibilty I could get pregnant but I didn't have sex the week before I forgot the pill... and shud I use a backup method and can I use the morning after pill with the yasmin pills to protect myself from prgnancy?†††††††††.          Thanks

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Dear Iama,

Thank you for your question. I am happy to answer you, as I am a trained sexual health educator, but not a doctor.

The rule for forgetting a pill is to take is as soon as you realize that you forgot it. Because you took it within a day, and you did not have sex for the week before, then you will still be covered for preventing pregnancy.

You can read more about the rules for forgetting pills here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/contraception-guide/Pages/miss-combined-pill.aspx

Take care,
Allison

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Allison Macbeth

Expertise

I can answer questions about how to choose which method of contraception is right for you, how to deal with mistakes, effectiveness, and emergency contraception. I also have training in HIV, STIs, and sexual health education. I cannot tell you what is the right choice, but I can tell you the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision for your circumstances. If you have had a condom break or had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception please call you local Planned Parenthood or check out not-2-late.com.

Experience

I have been working in the field of sexual health for a decade with specific training in contraception, STIs, HIV, and sexual problems. I have worked in several Planned Parenthood-affiliated charities, telephone helplines, research, education, and currently work for a local health authority evaluating HIV programs in the city.

Publications
Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Australian Parentsí Opinions about School-based Sexual Health Education. Sexual Health. 6, 328-333. I write a weekly advice column for Morning Quickie website which can be found here: http://morningquickie.com/category/madame-x/

Education/Credentials
I have a Masters in Applied Science (Sexual Health) where I did research on sex education in schools and at home with parents and young people, as well as many counselling skills courses.

Past/Present Clients
I have worked extensively with young people under 25, people living with or affected by HIV, and parents.

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