Originally Posted by ByTheWay
Ok, so my fiancé is on birth control, and that got me thinking...
I've heard that you have to be very careful to take the pill every day at the same time. How critical is that? Is being off by one hour a big deal? Two? How much of an additional risk of pregnancy does that pose?
Let's say that she forgets to take the pill in the morning, and takes it at lunch (or later) instead. Or what if she misses a day? Should we use condoms instead for a while? If so, how long will it take before we don't have to use condoms anymore?
I'd recommend looking at professional literature, such as that included with your fiance's pack of birth control pills, instead of rely solely on one woman's experiences.
While it's best to take the pill at the same time everyday, an hour or so isn't going to decrease effectiveness. If you read the package literature, it should ge more in depth about her specific pill. Many pill brands consider it safe if you miss an entire day or two, as long as you double up on pills the following day(s). Back-up contraception isn't necessary unless 2 or more days are missed in these brands.
Anyway, read the package insert that came with her pills. Some pills have different rules for what week in the package she's on.