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Do you have to take birth control at the exact same time everyday

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tso Chen
Dr. Tso Chen answered
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Should be okay: It should be fine as long as you are not skipping the entire 24 hours.

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
32 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
OCPs: The most common thing to happen is breakthrough bleeding. Certainly moodiness can occur as well as other symptoms such as breast tenderness.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ideally yes, : Ideally yes, but practically, it can be hard. If you are on an estrogen/progesterone pill, there's some forgiveness in terms of timing. If you are on ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: You should try to take the pill approximately the same time each day, morning or night. But being an hour or two off schedule is ok. Just don't take o ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Preferably.: As with any medication, maintaining a circadian (daily) rhythm helps maximize the efficacy of ocps too. That does not mean that you should stress out ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rixt Luikenaar
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
NO: If you are on a combined birthcontrol, get used to taking it about the same time of day (so not to forget) with an activity you do daily as brushing y ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandor Mecs
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Decreases it: If you take the pill early one and take it late the next day, your blood hormone levels will drop too low allowing your ovary to ovulate, putting you ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Miguel Cano
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Less effective: It has become more critical that you take your ocps around the same time each day to ensure effective birth control. This is mainly from the lower do ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Daily: No. Daily is good enough. Anyone who tells you differently is believing myths that just are not true.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Fox
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not 100 % effective: While more effective that not taking anything, no birth control is 100 % effective. Sometimes changes in the metabolism of hormones due to changes in ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: If the delay is more than 12 hours, there is a risk with low dose pills that the pituitary could stimulate the ovary and a rogue egg escapes.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Not to worry: You don't have to take your meds on an absolute regimen , but you should try to be consistent with the general timing. This is especially true if you ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes or no: The importance of taking your pill at about the same time each day is to decrease the chance of breakthrough bleeding (btb). An hour or two one way o ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
May not be necessary: As long as you take your OCP within about 6 hours of each other each day, you can feel comfortable they will be effective. Remember that even taken pe ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Temporary rise: You will have a temporary rise in the hormones contained within the pills which can increase your risks for the complications of the pill, notably blo ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
25 years experience Radiology
Very low: That's about as good as you can get if you're sexually active.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Brown
43 years experience Gynecology
Two weeks: It is customary to recommend not relying on the pill for the first month, but really two weeks is adequate if you are a committed 'pill taker' and tak ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
Unprotected sex: Outside of a committed marriage is always potentially unsafe not only because birth control does not guarantee you won't conceive, but because of the ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Clarify please : Do you mean same time of day? Or same sequence? You can take the pill daily at any time as long as you don't skip a day.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
What combination pil: What combination pills you have question about.Call and discuss with the prescribing doctor when you need to take your pills
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sure : Prenatal vitamins are just vitamins. They are not medication. Anyone can take them. It will not affect birth control.

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