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kacy
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hi i have a question, i just started the microgestin fe and i dont know if i have to have it SAME EXACT time everyday or can it be 20 mins to half hour to latest 45 mins earlier or later sometimes. my doc said it doesnt have to be same time as long as u take it everyday and not miss it and the time diff isnt too long like 5 hrs but a lot of ppl i heard have said u have to take it exactly same time or there is a slight chance it might not be as effective. pls help me!! thank you.
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Heather
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Welcome to the boards, kacy.

Really, when your prescribing physician tells you how to take a medication, THAT is who you want to listen to, not to random voices here or there.

With a combined oral contraceptive like yours, you want to try and take it around the same time of day each day. That's mostly because when you do, it's a lot harder to accidentally forget a pill than if you just take it at any time of day.

But, combined pills aren't taken late until they are taken over 12 hours past the normal time you take your pill. And a pill isn't missed unless it has been taken more than 24 hours past when you normally take your pill.

But so long as you take it around the same time of day each day -- and otherwise take it as prescribed -- it's as effective as it can be as a single method.

[ 04-05-2013, 04:19 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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