What do I need to know about the ongoing use of the POP? All pills in a POP packet are active pills. There is no pill-free break or non-hormonal pills. The pill should be taken at the same time every day or within 3 hours of that time. To renew your POP prescription you will need to see a doctor for review at least once a year. A back-up contraceptive (eg, condoms) should be used for at least two days if the POP is taken more than three hours late or forgotten on any given day. Consider Emergency Contraception if unprotected intercourse occurs. The POP is available from True clinics as well as gynaecologists and some GPs.