This Is What Happens When You Skip A Few Birth Control Pills
By: Laura Geggel
Published: 11/17/2015 11:20 AM EST on LiveScience
Exactly what can happen if a woman misses one or more days of her birth control pills is highlighted by a new lawsuit: A company that allegedly mislabeled its birth control pills is being sued by more than 100 women who say they became pregnant because of the error.
Pregnancy is especially possible for women who miss birth control pills while using these pills as their only form of birth control, doctors said.
The women involved in the lawsuit reportedly took their birth control pills as instructed on the packaging. Normally, packs of this type of pills include “active” pills that contain hormones, as well as “reminder” pills that contain no active ingredients, but are aimed at helping women to adhere to their daily habit of taking a pill at the same time every day.
However, the pills involved in the lawsuit were packaged “rotated 180 degrees,” from their normal position, according to court documents. In other words, the pill packs were labeled upside down — and the reminder pills that should have been taken during the last week of the cycle were instead placed into the first week of the cycle.
As a result, some women took the placebo pill when they were supposed to be taking active pills containing birth control ingredients, such as the hormones estrogen or progestin. [7 Surprising Facts About the Pill]
Among the women involved in the lawsuit, 94 had unexpected pregnancies and gave birth, 17 became pregnant but did not carry to term, and two did not become pregnant, according to CNN.