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I just had a quick question about birth control pills in general. I hear my friends saying that if you take your pill at the same time everyday then it will make it more effective. Is this true? Does taking the pill a few hours earlier or later than the last day make it any less effective? My doctor never mentioned anything about this when I was prescribed, but does it make a difference in effectiveness? Thank you!
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If you're using the birth control pill as a method of birth control, then taking the pill around the same time of the day defineatly does have a great impact on the effectiveness. My doctor told me that taking the pill 2 hours before or 2 hours after the scheduled time (say you want to take it at 9am, then you could take it as early as 7am or as late as 11am and still be okay)

If you're taking it to regulate your periods, then what time you take them each day doesn't matter quite as much ... but you should still be trying to take them at about the same time.

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