Wandering though the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) annual conference I came across this interesting poster.
Intrigued, I checked it out and indeed StayOnSchedule.ca is an easy to use, handy guide for what to do if you have missed a dose or otherwise fallen off schedule with your hormonal contraception.
OB/GYNs field these calls a lot, but the time it takes to call and get a message back can easily be a day or more increasing the risk of unintended pregnancy never mind the anxiety. Many missed doses happen on vacation and it can be harder to reach your provider with time zone changes and panicking about getting a call back from your doctor doesn’t add to the charm of any vacation. Also, not every woman has a health care provider she can call.
We’ve known for years how to advise women in these scenarios, but somehow the information is just not common knowledge. Getting accurate information out there can be a challenge. Many women’s magazines seem more invested in the fictitious tragedy of a summer vagina than practical, health advice that women actually need. Wellness sites want to sell you product they don’t actually want you to be well. What is the point of information if there is no accompanying hand crafted, organic, apple cider contraceptive to sell?
The StayOnSchedule.ca guide is simple to use.
Start by clicking on your method of birth control.
Ultimately I clicked on the progestin only pill (POP) or Mini Pill, If you choose the regular pill (combined oral contraceptive or COC) you also have to answer the week in which you missed your pill(s). If you ae doing extended cycle pills, meaning 12 weeks continuous of COCs then treat week 1 as week 1 and weeks 2-12 as weeks 2 and 3 (if that makes sense).
The next screen tells you your pegnancy risk. The Mini Pill is less forgiving than other methods.
To help you understand what you should do next you will be asked about when you last had unprotected sex.
If you had unprotected sex then it tells you about your risk, emergency contraception, and how long to use a back up method before you can rely once again on your hormonal method.
Pretty simple and very informative.
The site is easy to navigate and the information is accurate. And free!
If you are on hormonal birth control consider bookmarking StayOnSchedule.ca so you can have easy access to OB/GYN approved information about missed doses whenever and wherever you need it.