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You Skip the Pill Now and Then

The verdict: It won't kill you, but...

It could get you pregnant. For every 100 women using oral contraceptives, between two and nine get pregnant each year, mostly because of errors, like forgetting a pill or starting a pack late, says Lauren Streicher, MD, a professor of ob-gyn at Northwestern University. If you miss your daily dose: "Take it as soon as you remember, or take two the next day," she says. "If you skip two pills, take two pills for two days, and use backup birth control, like a condom, for a week." If you find you're having trouble staying on top of a daily pill, talk to your doc about other forms of birth control.

(Travis Rathbone)

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