Time To Panic: Pfizer Just Recalled 1 Million Packs of Birth Control Pills

If you rely on the female contraceptive pill to avoid having babies, you might want to check the packet: Pfizer just recalled a million packs because a fault means they could increase the chances of getting pregnant. Deep breaths: it'll probably be fine.

But so you can check, the affected pills include Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, reports Health Land. All the pills in question were marketed by Akrimax Rx Products, and have expiration dates ranging from July 31, 2013, to March 31, 2014. They were only distributed in the US.

Normally contraceptive pills come in ordered sequence, with some containing active hormone and others being plain old placebo. Some of the faulty packs have no active hormone at all, while others don't have any placebos. Either way, you don't want to use them, unless you're keen to gamble on having a kid real soon.

If you want to read about it in more detail, check out Pfizer's statement here. [Health Land; Image: Gnarls Monkey]