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“Sugar” birth control pills are another name for the non-hormonal placebo or reminder pills in your birth control pill pack. These pills are meant to help you remember to take your pill every day and start your next pack on time. 

Sometimes these non-hormonal “sugar” pills also have supplements in them, like iron, which can be helpful for your general health but aren’t needed for pregnancy prevention. They’re not actually made of sugar. 

If you don’t take the hormone-free pills and instead take a break from taking a pill every day, that’s totally safe and you’ll still get your period. Just make sure you remember to start your next pack on time, or you’ll be at risk for pregnancy.

You can always keep track of your birth control pills with our app, Spot On.

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