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Timely ‘missed pill’ information
  1. Diana Mansour, FRCOG, FFSRH
  1. Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care, Head of Sexual Health Services, Newcastle Hospitals, Community Health, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Diana.Mansour{at}

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As Dr Draper points out in her letter,1 NHS Direct is a useful resource for women, however many turn to their general practitioner, practice nurse or local sexual health clinic for help when a pill is forgotten. Therefore ‘keeping up to date’ with regard to ‘missed pill’ information is not only important to help advise these women but is also very relevant, and should be included in the verbal counselling information provided to potential pill users.


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