I’ve recently missed a week’s worth of my birth control pills and have not had irregular bleeding like I usually do. I’m so bad at remembering to take my pills. Is this normal? Am I at risk for being pregnant?

Thanks for your question. It sounds like birth control pills may not be a good contraceptive choice for you at this time, unless you can find ways to remind yourself to take them at the same time every day. You are not alone, as other girls find it difficult to remember to take a pill every day. However, there are other types of contraception, such as an implant (Nexplanon) and an IUD that are 99% effective and provide long term protection against pregnancy. The implant lasts up to 4 years, and depending on the type of IUD, it can last up to 3, 5 or even 10 to 12 years. (Either the IUD or implant can be removed at any time when you want to become pregnant). Both methods are convenient to use, and you don’t have to remember to do anything–except to use a condom every time you have sex, as contraception alone does not prevent STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Since you recently missed taking your birth control pills, you could be pregnant. Call your health care provider to find out if you should take emergency contraception and discuss other types of birth control methods that may be a better fit.