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Bun Bun
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I don't really have any risk of pregnancy at the current moment since I haven't had sex in awhile because of stress and whatnot-

However... Because of work yesterday, I ended up not taking my pill until an hour and a half after I'm supposed to. Today, my phone died and it completely slipped my mind that my alarm wouldn't be working either and I went swimming as soon as I got home from work so I just completely forgot until now- so I'm 3 and a half hours late.

I've been on the pill for over a year now and I'm a perfect user (until this week). Take it everyday at 8:27 (silly time I know), and I haven't used any medications to interfere. Plus, we usually use withdrawl. No condoms though as they're really not a good fit for us. Oh and I'm on the second week in my pack I believe..

Considering this, if I were to have sex tomorrow or later this week would I still be protected at near the perfect use? Or should I consider myself a typical user for this month and abstain from intercourse because I don't feel comfortable with that risk?

Thanks [Smile] I can't believe my mind has been so muddled lately.

Edit: I forgot to add... If my protection is compromised, how long would it be for? Until the end of the cycle, or a week?

[ 08-02-2009, 01:12 AM: Message edited by: Bun Bun ]

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A few hours difference, even two days in a row, isn't going to impact the effectiveness. If you want to use a back up method, it would be best to do that until the end of this cycle, but I really don't see the effectiveness of your pill being compromised here.

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Bun Bun
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Thanks! Would withdrawl be alright as a backup method seeing as I haven't lost that much effectiveness?
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Withdrawal is one option for a backup method just like other forms of contraception. It's just not as effective a method as condoms, so you need to decide what level of effectiveness you want when choosing methods.

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