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The Combined Pill (and Cerazette)

Less than 12hrs late:

  • Take your late pill as soon as you remember
  • Take the next pill at the usual time
  • You do NOT need any additional precautions eg condoms

More than 12hrs late:

  • Take your next pill at the normal time
  • Use condoms for the next 7 days
  • If there are less than 7 pills left in your packet – go straight on to your next packet and do not have a break.
  • If you have any burst condoms during this time you may need emergency contraception.

The Progestogen Only Pill (Mini pill)

  • If you are more than 3hrs late with your pill, use condoms until you have taken 7 pills correctly.