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A 18-year-old female asked:

If you take your birth control pill every day at almost the same time, is it safe to have unprotected sex?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
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 significant frequency with which std's occur. Always best to use condoms and birth control together until married.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Do you really have to take your birth control pill at the same time every day for it to work?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
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 about a couple of hours off each day, rather make a habit of taking them with breakfast daily. If you miss one day, take two the next.
A 27-year-old member asked:

So can you have unprotected sex all the time with your spouse while taking birth control pill the same time every day ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Basics=yes: The pill when taken as prescribed will prevent egg release during every cycle.No egg=no pregnancy. Missing pills may allow egg release.

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Last updated Apr 4, 2014

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