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Old 04-14-2005, 12:39 AM   #1
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oops..took pill late

hey everyone. today i forget to take my pill for the first time. i remembered and took it 5 hours later. should this be okay or do i just skip that day when something like this happens and resume the following day?

 
Old 04-14-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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5 hours won't make a difference. I was always told that as long as it doesn't happen often that anything up to about 6 hours after your normal time that you'd take it is fine and no reason to double up the following day. It should go over this in the manual thingie that comes w/ your BC pill packs though.

 
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:19 PM   #3
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actually, with most birth control pills, you aren't supposed to take it more than 1-2 hours late. you should take two the next day. for me, im very good about taking my pill on time, but the 2 times ive been late about it, i doubled up even though it was only an hour late.

 
Old 04-15-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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Do NOT double up tomorrow. There is no reason to. A pill is not considered "missed" until it is twelve hours late. With a combined pill, taking it a few hours late is not an issue at all. In fact, with combined pills, the literature with most of them says that missing one pill is not cause for concern, so long as you don't miss any more.

You're fine, you don't need any back up, you don't need to take two pills tomorrow.

Some women will spot if they take a pill late, but it won't effect your protection to take it late once. Don't make a habit of it, but one time late will not effect you.

However, if you're on the mini-pill (Progesterone only) you must take it within an hour of the same time daily to prevent pregnancy. But with your pill, five hours is totally fine.

What pill are you on?

 
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Re: oops..took pill late

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Originally Posted by BluEyez1031
actually, with most birth control pills, you aren't supposed to take it more than 1-2 hours late. you should take two the next day.
This is definitely NOT correct. You should take the missed pill as soon as you can. If it is 24 hours later, THEN you take both the missed pill and the current pill (doubling up). Read the instructions that should come with your pills. It will tell you the proper procedure for missed pills (hours, one day, or more).

 
Old 04-17-2005, 01:30 AM   #6
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Thanx everyone. Its been a crazy week and i've been late taking my pill for the past 3 days at least by 5 hours. i really hope this doesnt effect the effectiveness. by the way (daisies4monkeys) i'm on seasonale.

 
Old 04-17-2005, 10:05 AM   #7
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you should be ok. I have missed a pill before about 7 hours and then took it when I remembered to. The doctor told me this was ok and you should never double up on a pill unless you forget to take it for that day but a few hours won't really matter.

 
Old 04-17-2005, 11:47 AM   #8
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Re: oops..took pill late

Well, if you've been late by about five hours every day, then in a way, you've been "on time"-- for the past few days you've been taking at a consistant time, just a time that's later then your "normal" time. Would it help to change your time to the time you've been taking it lately? I mean, change it to the "five hours later" time?

And no, it shouldn't effect your effectiveness.

 
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