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So I usually get my birth control pills from the health clinic on my college's campus. Before leaving for the summer (I go to school 1000) miles from my hometown), I got the rest of my perscription, which was 3 more packs. I'm just about to start a new one, and I noticed that the expiration date on it is August 7.

I'm not using the pills as a contraceptive, just to "regulate" my cycle, so I'm not worried about their effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. But is there any actual danger to my health from taking expired birth control pills?

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I can't find any information that taking expired birth control pills is harmful to your health in any way, but it's possible they are not going to offer the same effectiveness in keeping your cycles regulated (with expired medications, as you probably know, some are completely harmless when taken, and just simply ineffective, but some can be very dangerous to your health). Though, if the expiration date of the pills is August 7th of this year (which I'm assuming is correct?) it's very likely there's going to be no harm in takin the pills and they'll probably still be just as effective.

If you can, I'd recomend calling your doctor or pharmacist and double checking before continuing with the pills, they will be able to answer you most accurately if there's any reason you shouldn't take the pills or if you just shouldn't worry.

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