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How long does it take birth control pills to go bad if expired

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ocp expirations: Hotrmones are very stable but pills can degrade. Use in date meds, please.

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Pranikoff
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Store properly: All medications should be stored in their original containers and in an environment that is not extreme. When properly stored the medication should be ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Expiry date printed: It depends on the date of manufacturing and each pack has an expiry date printed on it, so look at the date printed on the pack.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
6-12 months: at least, gives you the added benefit of contraception if you are sexually active
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
10 days: A safe answer is 10 days for new pack or missed pills.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Brown
43 years experience Gynecology
Two weeks: Standard practice is to advise 'back-up' contraception (condoms) during the first month on the pill. The truth is, a couple of weeks is really enough ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Newman
28 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Already gone: They last a very short period of time, so if you took them for only 2 weeks, they are likely already out of your system. But you need to find anoth ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Futterweit
63 years experience Endocrinology
Try another: Best to switch the BCP
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
12 years experience Pharmacology
Try taking at night: Try taking your pill everyday at night or before you go to bed. This way hopefully the nausea will wear off by the time you wake up. There are other ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Silverman
48 years experience Fertility Medicine
Half life of BCP's: The usual time to rid the body of bcp's is about 1 month, but i advise patients to wait 2 months prior to trying to conceive.
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