If You Take This Birth Control, You May Actually Get Pregnant

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Finding a birth control method you actually like -- that doesn't mess with your body and that you have access to -- is tough enough. But recent headlines are a sobering reminder that drug companies make mistakes. And sometimes the stakes are so high that they could completely mess with your family-planning game. This week, the FDA announced that a particular brand of birth control pills is being recalled.

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The recalled pills are sold under the name Mibelas 24 F-E, and according to the FDA, the blister pack was rotated 180 degrees within the wallet, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiration date no longer visible. 

Because of the packaging error, the first four in the pack are actually placebo tablets.

In other words, if women take them as they're packaged, they'll effectively screw up their cycles and potentially get pregnant.

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Or as the FDA puts it, "As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy."

Fan-friggin'-tastic! 

The affected pills were labeled lot number L600518 and have an expiration date of May 2018, but since the packaging error may have made it impossible for you to check that information, anyone who takes Mibelas should call their health care provider ASAP. The FDA also recommends returning the prescription to the pharmacy. 

Consumers can also contact Lupin by phone 1-800-399-2561, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday.

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At least we can take heart in the fact that the manufacturer caught the error, and the recall is in action. In the meantime, guess it's a harsh reminder that having a backup birth control method never hurt anyone!

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