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Bcp And Alchol
Possibly. .: There is limited solid data that suggests a significant decrease in the effectiveness of oral contraception with alcohol consumption but it would be wise to avoid the combination if possible. Particularly if you drink more heavily and it causes you to become nauseated and possibly vomit any pills up. ...Read more
Continue: Continue to take your birth control pills regularly. For example: if you took your bcps before day light savings time around 9 P.M. Then still take them at 9 P.M. After day light savings time. An hour won't be detrimental to the effects of birth control. ...Read more
Yes: An hour either way would not make much difference. ...Read more
Read the instruction: Please check the information supplied with the type of bcp you have been prescribed or ask the pharmacist who gave it to you, or call your doc's office and they can explain. ...Read more
Does it matter that I take my BCP an hour later than before? I work late and don't take it the same time I use to.
Depends: If you are using a combined oral contraceptive, one with estrogen and progesterone, then variation in the time you take it of up to about 6 hours won't matter. If you are taking the mini-pill, the progesterone only pill, then you need to take it within an hour of the same time every day to ensure it is effective. If you are having difficulty taking the pills everyday, consider an implant or IUD ...Read more
I take my BCP's at night but want to change the time & take them in the morning. How can I go about doing this, & still stay protected?
Pretty easy...: Take your usual dose in the evening, the next dose the next morning, then daily in the morning. (No harm will come from having two doses a few hours apart.) ...Read more
Took BCP an hour late once or twice this month, or 15 minutes early/ late. I was wondering if this would decrease the effectiveness of my pills?
Should be fine.: The efficacy of your regimen should be fine as long as you haven't missed a day or two in succession. Taking a pill and hour or two early or late should not matter as long as you don't miss days. ...Read more
How do I switch bcp brands? If I finish the inactive pill week of my last brand & start the other brand right after on that Sunday am I protected?
Yes: That is exactly how you do it. And you are protected. ...Read more
How long is the allowable timeframe for taking a late combined BCP to stay protected? Usual sched is 8:30pm daily, but forgot once and took at 4am
6 hours is ok: Pills should be taken once a day. If you forget one day then you take two the next day. In your case you were 6 hours late which should make no difference. ...Read more
I will be travelling won't behaving sex say 5 months plan on stopping bcp what should I expect when I stop and how soon before I return should I start?
Periods: You will go back to your normal pattern as soon as you stop the pills and fertility will return. You may continue the pill while you are traveling to help regulate the cycles and continue the habit. If you choose to stop them then restart before you begin having sex so you will be protected. ...Read more
Are the pills in a 21day BCP all exactly the same? As in if I accidentally took a pill from the wrong day written on the packaging, would that be fine??
1 hour is okay:
If you are sure that it was not longer, much longer that you were late - then I'll bet you are absolutely fine. Don't push it. One is one, three is three, etc. A bit is not a bunch. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for the safety window - but know that you must not push those limits.
Take care! ...Read more
See your GYN: There are many good bcp. It is important to go to your physician who can assess your needs and prescribe the right one. ...Read more
Why do you need: To know when you are going to ovulate if you are taking oral contraceptives? ...Read more
How Late is Late?: Birth-control pills are most effective when taken around the same time every day. Being late by a few hours doesn't seem to change the effectiveness much. However, being a day late does decrease the pills effectiveness by a few percentage points. What to do if you miss a pill? You can find instructions here: http://www. Webmd. Com/sex/birth-control/forgot-to-take-your-birth-control-pills ...Read more
Should be fine.: If you have been on your pills for awhile the risk of failure very very low. You should be protected as long as taking on a daily basis. Taking at the same time is not absolutely essential for protection but it is a good habit to get into so you won't miss any of your pills. Some women feel their bleeding control is best if they take at the same exact time every day. Should be fine. ...Read more
I had a clear thick jelly like discharge in abnormal amount, just stop takin bcp. Why is that happening?
Hormone change: Bcps change your cervical mucous consistency to a thicker one - one of the ways they prevent conception. Changing back to your normal hormonal levels will change the consistency to a thinner one which may allow it to drain or discharge more easily. ...Read more
I need to get on bcp. But heard the pills take a month to work. Which form of bc works immediately or within a week?
Birth control timing: The only forms of birth control that work immediately are IUDs, such as Paragard (copper T) and Mirena, (levonorgestrel) and condoms. IUDs have greater effectiveness in normal use but obviously takes at least one office visit to place (and maybe a second visit for initial consult). Condoms are the normal backup method when waiting for the pill to start working. ...Read more