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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. I'm 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. I'm 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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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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My shot still hurts! I take the birth control shot on my butt, and it usually only huurts a few hours. Its been three days and it rlly hurts. It also bled alot, and its purplish. Why is this?

My shot still hurts! I take the birth control shot on my butt, and it usually only huurts a few hours. Its been three days and it rlly hurts. It also bled alot, and its purplish. Why is this?

It: It sounds like you developed a hematoma (bruise) where the injection was given. Usually it will resolve within a week. Analgesics like tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil will help. Also cool compresses to the area will ease your symptoms. If the area hurts more, gets very red, or tender to the touch, then you may be dealing with an infection and you should see your doctor right away. ...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

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Sometimes I take my birth control a hour or two late or I forget and take it the next day along with my pill for that day. Am I still protected?

Sometimes I take my birth control a hour or two late or I forget and take it the next day along with my pill for that day. Am I still protected?

Yes: Yes but I would avoid missing the day. Taking it at different hours does not have any effect. I would create a time to take it everyday to be safe. Like in the morning when brushing your teeth. ...Read more

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Been on birth control for 2+ years, took a pill 18 hours late, should I take a plan b?

To be sure yes: Missing contraceptive one dose less than 18 hrs duration should be ok, but it has 1% failure rate due to this kind of incidences, to be sure take the 'morning after ' (Plan B) pill speak to your gyn doctor, for possible other method like iud insertion. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control (Reclipsen) and hour and a half later than usual one day, and 30 minutes late the next day, is it still just as effective?

If I take my birth control (Reclipsen) and hour and a half later than usual one day, and 30 minutes late the next day, is it still just as effective?

Yes: The time variation you mentioned should not affect the effectiveness of the pill.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it a problem to take your birth control pill a few hours late?

Is it a problem to take your birth control pill a few hours late?

Usually it's not: It is best to take oral contraceptive pills about the same time every day to maintain a steady level of hormones in your body and block ovulation. A few hours early or a few hours late are not likely to cause a problem. Consider switching to a Long-Acting-Reversible-Contraceptive like an intrauterine device or a subdermal implant. These LARCs are your most effective methods to prevent pregnancy ...Read more

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Can it matter if you take your birth control pill a few hours late?

Can it matter if you take your birth control pill a few hours late?

No worries: Generally there is nothing to worry about if you take your bcp a few hours late or a few hours early. That being said it is better to take the pill around the same time each to help you remember to take it. There are a few woman who with even a few hours of variation will get spotting from break through bleeding. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control pills an hour or two early or late, will that cause problems?

You're fine: If you take your pill within 12 hours of your usual tie, there is not any effect on efficacy. If you are in the 12-24 hour range of usual time, tiny drop in effectiveness. Once you are over a day late, there is a small but definite effect and you should consider a back-up form of contraception. Finally, if over 2 days late, consider that cycle uneffective - you may ovulate and get pregnant. ...Read more

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Birth control. (Cryselle) If take my pill an hour late 2 days in a row, am I still safe?

Birth control. (Cryselle) If take my pill an hour late 2 days in a row, am I still safe?

Yes: Hi there, so long as you take your pills about every 24 hours, plus or minus 2 hours, you should not have to worry about side effects or the pills being ineffective. You're OK! Just do your best to take your pills every day - you can set your mobile device with an alarm to help, if you want! ...Read more

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I took my birth control pill two hours late. I take it at the same time every day. Should I use a backup method?

Should be ok: Two hours late isn't significant. I.e. You didn't miss a day right?

When you ask about 'backup' - it's important to realize that no contraception; not even birth control pills are 100% effective (pretty close though).

Also oral contraception doesn't protect against sexually transmitted illnesses, so condoms may be something you want to consider for both pregnancy and STI prevention ...Read more

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Forgot to take my birth control pill (Yaz) & I was 20 hours late. Besides contraception issues, how bad is it for my health to take it that late?

Take it Now: If you are late taking just 1 pill, it may not give you much trouble. Some women will experience breakthrough bleeding which is irregular bleeding in this cycle. It will definitely reduce your birth control efficacy. I always advise patients to use another form of birth control if they miss a pill. Do not think in general they pose significant health issues. ...Read more

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I had diarrhea three times in a 24 hour timespan, should l take another birth control pill?

Not necessary: If you are concerned, use a back up method for contraception, such as a condom. If your diarrhea persists, see a Provider and check that out. ...Read more

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Should I take plan B unprotected sex while on birth control. Take it regularly but yesterday I was an hour late. Took it on time after. No ejaculation?

Should I take plan B unprotected sex while on birth control. Take it regularly but yesterday I was an hour late. Took it on time after. No ejaculation?

Unprotected: Have you taken your Ocps daily? If you had then you were protected from pregnancy. You were unprotected against the wide variety of sexually transmitted diseases. Plan b will not help you against those. ...Read more

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Girlfriend 8 days late on period. Takes birth control daily, always uses condoms, 2 at home test negative, chances of being pregnant?

Girlfriend 8 days late on period. Takes birth control daily, always uses condoms, 2 at home test negative, chances of being pregnant?

Not likely: Given girfriend on BCP and you use condoms it is highly unlikely that she is pregnant. You can try another pregnancy test in a few days and if that is still negative then it is not due to pregnancy. ...Read more

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What happens when you take three birth control pills at once?

What happens when you take three birth control pills at once?

Not a good idea: If you missed two birth control pills in a row, you are no longer protected from unintended pregnancy. You might consider using a back up method (such as condoms) until after your next menstrual period. If you have trouble remembering to take your pill every day, a doctor can help you choose a birth control method that is a better fit for you. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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