Many women have forgotten the pill before

It may sound simple, but for some women remembering to take the pill every day is easier said than done. Whether you forgot your pill due to work, travel, family, or other distractions, it happens to the best of us. If you have forgotten to take the pill recently, here’s some support.

What should you do now?

Here is some brief advice on what to do if you have missed one or more pills.

Remain Calm

It's happened to many of us, so don’t panic if you forgot your pill. Some pills will continue to work if you forgot to take just one or two, but you may be at risk of getting pregnant, so it is important to speak to your healthcare professional.

Read Your Advice Leaflet

Consult the advice leaflet that came with your pills. It includes a lot of important information that will tell you what to do next.

Consult a healthcare professional

If you have missed more than one pill, or if you have questions that your advice leaflet can't answer, it's worth speaking to a healthcare professional. They will be able to provide you with advice on how to get your pill routine back on track, or offer you advice on alternative methods of contraception. 

If you had unprotected sex and are worried about an unplanned pregnancy, a healthcare professional can also advice you on emergency contraception. For further information on Emergency contraception please click here.


Speak to a healthcare professional for advice and support on your contraceptive needs.

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Report possible side effects

If you want to report a side effect of medication, please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in your contraception package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme at or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.