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A 21-year-old female asked:

Is it considered late if you miss your birth control pill by 4 hours? if so what should i do? i take tarina 1/20 eq birth control (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets usp and ferrous fumarate tablets)

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: A four hour delay is not likely to be of concern. Keep up with daily use for effect.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. H : You may consider getting an IUD, if your schedule may cause you miss the pills. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!

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Ashburn, VA
A 20-year-old female asked:

Is it considered late if you miss your birth control pill by 11 minutes? If so what should I do? I take Tarina Fe 1/20 EQ birth control (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP and Ferrous Fumarate Tablets)

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Eleven minutes late is too late if a person is trying to get on a plane after the gate door has locked, but 11 minutes makes no difference with birth control pills. The usual instructions for when to take a birth control pill that was forgotten earlier the same day, is to take it as soon as one remembers it and then stay on one's usual pill-taking time schedule. If worried, ask the prescribing Dr.

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Last updated Feb 16, 2020

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