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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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Do I take my birth control an hour earlier now since the time changed?

Do I take my birth control an hour earlier now since the time changed?

BCPs: As long as you remember to take the BCPs everyday as prescribed, the time difference of one hour will not change the pill action. ...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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So I take my birth control at 7pm every night and on Sunday day light savings start to we went back and hour. When should I take my birth control?

You can still take: It at 7 pm even though the clocks just changed. The reason is that you have an established pattern of taking meds then. It can help to stay in a habit in order to remember. Take care. ...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.
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Practice safe sex.
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Can I change the hour I take my birth control pill everyday?

Not recommended: You should take a pill approximately the same time each day, morning, noon, or night. An hour or two difference is ok, but don't go morning, night, morning, etc. ...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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If I take my birth control pills 24-28 hours between each other, is it still going to be very effective?

If I take my birth control pills 24-28 hours between each other, is it still going to be very effective?

Yes: A difference of four hours from one day to the next is not likely to diminish the effectiveness of the pill.
Please practice safe sex. The Pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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I take my birth control at 7pm but with the time change for daylight savings we fall back an hour so when should I take my birth control pill than?

I take my birth control at 7pm but with the time change for daylight savings we fall back an hour so when should I take my birth control pill than?

24 hour interval: It's best to take your pills at 24 hour intervals, so that if you were taking your pill at 7PM daylight time, you would take it at 6PM standard time to keep the 24 hour interval. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control pill (gildess fe) everyday but not at the same hour each day how effective is the pill? Am I protected?

If I take my birth control pill (gildess fe) everyday but not at the same hour each day how effective is the pill? Am I protected?

Yes, but....: Yes, you are still protected, but your level of protection is likely less than what it would be if you took it at the same time each day. I recommend making it a habit to take it at the same time everyday, such as right when you wake up or go to bed (if close to the same time each day), or at noon, etc. This will also help you to not forget to take it, which can definitely reduce protection. ...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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If I forgot to take my birth control 2 hours later does that make me unprotected?

Not necessarily.: It would probably make no difference with a combination oral contraceptive. It is more important to take a mini pill at same time. 2 hours is not likely to be problematic. ...Read more

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I always take my birth control pills at 9pm. What is the safe hour range before I have to use secondary contraception for a week? +- 1.5 hours?

I always take my birth control pills at 9pm. What is the safe hour range before I have to use secondary contraception for a week? +- 1.5 hours?

Several hours are ok: But if you forget to take it in the evening and realize that in the morning, take your pill then, but continue secondary contraception for the rest of the cycle. Other factors that affect absorption are food and other meds. If you are not in a committed relationship, then condom protection is ideal for prevention of infection as well. ...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 am on birth control and having pregnancy symptoms? I don't take my birth control on the hour every day could I be pregnant? I'm only on my second pack

I am on birth control and having pregnancy symptoms? I don't take my birth control on the hour every day could I be pregnant? I'm only on my second pack

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...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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Can I be pregnant? If I had unprotected sex on my ovulation day and didn't take my birth control until an hour later what are my chances of being pregnant

Can I be pregnant? If I had unprotected sex on my ovulation day and didn't take my birth control until an hour later what are my chances of being pregnant

If: If you took your birth control everyday around the same time and did not miss any pills in your pack the odds of you being pregnant are less than 1%. One thing you should know is that when you take birth control as directed you do not ovulate, this is how bc works. The pills suppress ovulation so pregnancy is avoided. Birth control can fail when pills are missed, this occurs because that changes the hormones in your body thus allowing ovulation and the possibility of pregnancy.
If you are unsure about how birth control works or what to do if and when you miss pills consult the instructions that came with your pills or ask your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more

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Took my bc pills as a form of Plan B (lo loestrin fe, 4 pills, 12 hours apart, pills m-th). How do I continue to take my birth control? Today is mon.

One per day: You should continue taking your pill one per day as you normally would. I am confused though. If you were already on birth control then there was no need to take Plan B or a form of emergency contraception. That is what birth control is for. Also you did not do the correct dose since you are on a 10 mg birth control pill. You underdosed. Its best to consult with a doctor before doing things alone. ...Read more

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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