What to do if you forget to take Diane 35

When you forget to take Diane 35, the contraceptive effect of the pill may be diminished, especially if forgetting occurs in the first week of the pack, there is a risk of pregnancy if there was sexual intercourse without a condom in the previous week.

Therefore, an alternative for those who often forget to take the pill, is to switch to another method in which it is not necessary to take it daily. Learn more at: How to choose the best contraceptive method.

Forgetting up to 12 hours in any week

In any week, if the delay is up to 12 hours from the usual time, take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time.

In these cases, the contraceptive effect of Diane 35 is maintained and there is no risk of becoming pregnant.

Forgetting for more than 12 hours

If the forgetfulness is more than 12 hours of the usual time, the contraceptive protection of Diane 35 may be reduced, especially if the forgetfulness occurred at the beginning of the pack.

In the first week

  • What to do: Take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember and continue taking the next pills at the usual time.
  • Use another contraceptive method: Yes, as a condom, for example, for the next 7 days.
  • Risk of becoming pregnant: There is a risk of pregnancy if you have had sex without a condom in the week before you forget.

In the second week

  • What to do: Take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember and continue taking the next pills at the usual time.
  • Use another contraceptive method: It is not necessary because the contraceptive protection of Diane 35 is maintained.
  • Risk of becoming pregnant: There is no risk of pregnancy.

In the third week

  • What to do: Choose one of the following options:
  1. Take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember and continue taking the next tablets at the usual time. Start the new card as soon as you finish the current one, without pausing between cards. Menstruation usually only occurs after the end of the second pack.
  2. Stop taking the pills from the current pack, take a 7-day break, counting on the day of forgetfulness and start a new pack.
  • Use another method of contraception: Not necessary.
  • Risk of becoming pregnant: There is no risk of pregnancy.

If there is no bleeding in the 7 days of the pause between one pack and another and the pill is forgotten, the woman may be pregnant. In these cases, a pregnancy test should be done.

Forgetting more than 1 tablet

If more than one pill from the same pack is forgotten, consult a doctor because the more pills in a row are forgotten, the less the contraceptive effect of Diane 35 will be.

In these cases, if there is no bleeding in the 7-day break between one pack and another, you should consult your doctor before starting a new pack because the woman may be pregnant.

See also the side effects of Diane 35 and how to take the pill correctly at:

  • Diane 35
  • How to take the contraceptive