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Doctor insights on: On November 6th When The Time Changes What Do I Do About The Time I Take My Birth Control Pills

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking [email protected] 7:30pm for a long time. Now I take them at 8:30pm because of my work schedule

Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking them@ 7:30pm for a long time. Now I take them at 8:30pm because of my work schedule

Sure: Since it's only one hour difference then it will be fine no matter what kind of birth control pill you are taking. In general you want to take progestin only pills ("Mini-Pill", Micronor) within an hour of the same time each day. You have about a 6 hour window for combined contraceptives that contain estrogen and progesterone. ...Read more

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On my new pack can I change the time i take my birth control pills or do I have to take them at same time?

On my new pack can I change the time i take my birth control pills or do I have to take them at same time?

Clarify please : Do you mean same time of day? Or same sequence? You can take the pill daily at any time as long as you don't skip a day. ...Read more

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Time changed. Do i take my birth control pills at time from back then or new time?

Time changed. Do i take my birth control pills at time from back then or new time?

One time change of 1: Hour should not make that much difference. Take them at the time now on daylight savings time that you plan to take them until the time changes again. In other words if you too them at 7 on regular time, take them at 7 on daylight savings time. ...Read more

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I take my birth control pills every single day at pretty much the same time. I am pretty good about putting a condom on before sex. am i pregnant?

I take my birth control pills every single day at pretty much the same time. I am pretty good about putting a condom on before sex. am i pregnant?

Pregnancy unlikely: Using one RELIABLE birth control method correctly all the time, works very well. Using 2 birth control methods works even better than very well. However, life can be surprising sometimes. Thus, if a woman is not getting her birth control pill withdrawal bleeding during the inactive pills, or if she is just worrying about pregnancy too much, she can do a home urine pregnancy test once in a while. ...Read more

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Is it possible to change the time when you have to take your birth control pills?

Is it possible to change the time when you have to take your birth control pills?

Not recommended: Yes, but your risk forgetting to take your pills if you take it at different times everyday. If you switch for good and are consistent with taking the pills everyday at the different time you're probably ok. It is recommended to switch times once you start your period/ at the beginning of your next cycle. Talk to your OB about this before doing it. ...Read more

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I forgot to take my birth control pills at 6:30 yesterday it's been 24 hours. Can i take a Plan B since i had unprotected sex in between the time?.

I forgot to take my birth control pills at 6:30 yesterday it's been 24 hours. Can i take a Plan B since i had unprotected sex in between the time?.

2 pills : When you miss a birth-control pill you should just take two the following day. Take two today and then resume taking them as normal. Plan b can be taken but should not be necessary. It won't hurt anything to take it though. ...Read more

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Am I at high risk for pregnancy if I don't take my birth control pills at a certain time each day?

Am I at high risk for pregnancy if I don't take my birth control pills at a certain time each day?

NO: As long as you take it daily but it is better after a heavy meal to avoid stomach irritation and not after breakfast , the bcp might make you fat. ...Read more

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I take my birth control pills everyday at the same time. I have sex very regularly and I don't use a condom. How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

I take my birth control pills everyday at the same time. I have sex very regularly and I don't use a condom. How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

Unlikely: It is unlikely if you take your birth control as you should. However it is not impossible and it would decrease the likelihood even more if you used condoms. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex last night with my boyfriend we have had sex three other time w condoms but he pressured me into it with out last night I was wondering as a precaution can I take my birth control pills as a plan b pill? I have junel fe 1.5-30 TAB ge

I had unprotected sex last night with my boyfriend we have had sex three other time w condoms but he pressured me into it with out last night I was wondering as a precaution can I take my birth control pills as a plan b pill? I have junel fe 1.5-30 TAB ge

Protection: Have you been on birth control pills? If you have then you WERE protected from pregnancy, provided you take them everyday and don't miss any. What you failed to protect yourself from was a sexually transmitted disease. In addition NO means NO. If you are being force you are being sexually assaulted. ...Read more

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I missed my birth control pills for a couple days and now can't stop bleeding, what should I do? Okay so i kind of forget to take my birth control sometimes and after the third day i forget it, it makes me start bleeding. And that lasts about 4 days. But

Generally : Generally if you miss one pill you can double up the next day. If you miss two pills you can double up for two days (two one day and then two the next). If you miss more than two pills you are at risk for pregnancy and should use backup birth control (condoms) for the rest of that month. Missing four pills and then taking four at once will not protect you from pregnancy. Regarding the bleeding, you will probably bleed on and off until you have started your next month of pills. Use condoms and just keep taking one per day. ...Read more

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Have not missed any birth control pills and consistent with the time i take it each day how likely is it to become pregnant as the only contraceptive?

Unlikely: If taken properly and reliably birth control is a very effective means of reducing the chance of becoming pregnant (around a 1-3% failure rate). The common reasons for birth control 'failure' is being noncompliant with the medication or taking another medication that interferes with the birth control pill (some antibiotics for example reduce BC effectiveness). ...Read more

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Can you switch times you take birth control pills?

Can you switch times you take birth control pills?

Yes: Yes, but you must do it when you start a new pack of pills and take the pill at the new time everyday at that same time each day. ...Read more

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Do u have to take birth control pills the exact same time every day? For instance i started my first pill yesterday at 7:30 pm must i take the 2nd one today at exactly 7:30 pm also?

Do u have to take birth control pills the exact same time every day? For instance i started my first pill yesterday at 7:30 pm must i take the 2nd one today at exactly 7:30 pm also?

No: You should try to take the pill approximately the same time each day, morning or night. But being an hour or two off schedule is ok. Just don't take one in the morning, one at night, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms if i take birth control pills off & on? Cuz the last time i took the pill was last month on a tuesday sometime.

Irregular bleeding: It's not a good idea to take birth control pills "off & on". You're more likely to have failure of the contraceptive as well as irregular bleeding, breast tendernerss, nausea, and headaches. You can train yourself to take your pills properly. Keep your pills with a product that you use every day e.g. Toothpaste, make-up, face cleanser, etc. When you use that product, you take your pill. ...Read more

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When I am starting a new pack of birth control pills after ending my current pack. Will it be okay to take it a couple hours after my regular time?

When I am starting a new pack of birth control pills after ending my current pack. Will it be okay to take it a couple hours after my regular time?

Timing is everything: The first few pills of your new pack are the most important. Try to take them on time. If you want to reset your regular time, start with the first pill in the pack and stick to it. If you're moving the time up, start on schedule. If you're pushing the time back, you should start your new pack a day early (skip a placebo pill from your last pack). This ensures you don't ovulate. ...Read more

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I am on birth control pills and i normally forget to take my pills on time. I sometimes be 2 to 3 days behind, but this month my cycle came on early?

Thoughts to ponder: The pill works by providing a consistent amount of hormone in your blood so you don't release eggs, thus they can't be fertilized. If you are forgetting, then the hormone level will not be consistent and you may release eggs & get pregnant. If you are not pregnant now, you may want to consider a different form of BC. ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control pills for about 4 years now and I was just curious how long it takes for it to be effective when you start a new pack?

I've been taking birth control pills for about 4 years now and I was just curious how long it takes for it to be effective when you start a new pack?

Continuous: If you are taking birth control pills as prescribed, you have coverage for the entire pack. There is no need for back up contraceptive for the entire cycle. If you miss one to two pills in a pack, you will need to use a back up form of contraception during that pack. ...Read more

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Should i take birth control pills if i already have a gallstone w/ is about 3-4mm in size?

Absolutely not: Asymptomatic gallstones are of no consequence. If you have symptoms, such as RUQ pain, nausea , bloating, especially after fatty foods, you'll need to see a surgeon or focus on a low fat diet. Either way, you don't have to stop your bcp's. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can u get pregnant if u take birth control pills at different times ?

Can u get pregnant if u take birth control pills at different times ?

Depends: The failure rate for the "pill"is often cited as 5%/yr & many variables are included in that number.It works by placing a steady amount of hormone in your body that tricks it into thinking you are pregnant, so eggs are saved rather than released.If there is delay or you skip,your circulating level may fall enough to allow release.A few hours either way is unlikely to matter, consistency works best ...Read more

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Can u get pregnant on birth control pills if u take them different times ?

Can u get pregnant on birth control pills if u take them different times ?

Depends: The pill works by providing your body with a relatively constant level of hormone that tricks it into thinking you are already pregnant, so you do not release eggs.If the level falls far enough, egg release may be triggered.If you take the pill within several hours of a set time it will probably work fine.If you forget/skip or otherwise delay too much, it may happen. ...Read more

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What would happen if I take prenatal pills, birth control pills & iron pills at the same time?

What would happen if I take prenatal pills, birth control pills & iron pills at the same time?

Most likely, nothing: Prenatal vitamins are a really good multivitamin for any adult to take. They often have some iron included, so i would only take the extra iron supplements if you know you are anemic. Taking birth control is hormonal control to prevent pregnancy. It is safe to take both prenatal vitamins and birth control together. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Pau d'Arco and birth control pills at the same time? (Specifically Microgynon 30)

Is it okay to take Pau d'Arco and birth control pills at the same time? (Specifically Microgynon 30)

No problem: Pau d'Arco is a supplement rather than a drug and shouldn't have any effect on your birth control. Make sure you take your birth control at the same time everyday and don't skip any pills. ...Read more

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How much time will it take for my breasts to go back to normal size after getting off birth control pills?

How much time will it take for my breasts to go back to normal size after getting off birth control pills?

Varies 1-2 months.: Those that do decrease in size, often vary.
Could be a month or more and depending on the length and type of BCP. ...Read more

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Contraception (Definition)

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Birth Control (Definition)

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