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Is it okay for my girlfriend to take her birth control 3 hours late?

Is it okay for my girlfriend to take her birth control 3 hours late?

Yes: Birth control works the best when taken consistenly on a daily basis, but 3 hours late has minimal risk. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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I had sex noveember 6 had my november cycle but my december cycle have not came. Im two weeks late. I been cramping for three weeks but no cycke,I take birth control, could i be pregnant?

I had sex noveember 6 had my november cycle but my december cycle have not came. Im two weeks late. I been cramping for three weeks but no cycke,I take birth control, could i be pregnant?

Not impossible: Pregnancy is not impossible on birth control, but if used properly, most methods make pregnancy very unlikely. Some types of birth control cause menstrual irregularity especially early-on. Specifically the "mini-pill," (progesterone only) and the depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) shots will often make cycles less frequent. You may try asking again and specifying what type of birth control you take in the question. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take birth control a little bit out of schedule, like two hours late or early?

Is it okay to take birth control a little bit out of schedule, like two hours late or early?

Yes: An hour here or there usually does not make a difference. However a delay may sometimes cause breakthrough bleeding. To avoid this it is best to set your alarm and take it at the same time each day. ...Read more

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If i take my birth control 2-3 hours late about once or twice a week does that compromise its effectiveness?

Should be ok: Generally, most birth control pills are at least that forgiving. The exception would be a minipill (usually Norethindrone 35mcg only). They are primarily used for postpartum breastfeeding women (and some who cannot have estrogen). Minipills are not at all forgiving. Some women will even have some spotting if they're a couple hours late. ...Read more

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How close to the same time each day do you need to take birth control (combination pill)? Is there a window of hours late that is regularly okay?

How close to the same time each day do you need to take birth control (combination pill)? Is there a window of hours late that is regularly okay?

Closer the better: It is suggested that you take the pill at the same time. Variations of a few hours are usually ok, but it could cause some breakthrough bleeding, or if consistant decrease the effectiveness. ...Read more

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How quickly does it take for sprintee birth control to start working? I waited 7 days, but the day before i was an hour late.

How quickly does it take for sprintee birth control to start working? I waited 7 days, but the day before i was an hour late.

Back up & forward: Use a "back up" method this month since you have not been taking the pills at the same time each day and then you can go "forward" after the next menses with suing the Sprintec alone for contraception. ...Read more

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I just remembered to take my birth control and i'm 5 hours late taking it. Should i take it as soon as possible or take two tomorrow?

I just remembered to take my birth control and i'm 5 hours late taking it. Should i take it as soon as possible or take two tomorrow?

Take now: Taking it 5 (or 6) hours late is better than 24 hours late. This should not affect effectiveness. See http://www.Fitsugar.Com/what-do-when-you-miss-taking-birth-control-pill-18453590 for details. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more