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MissBrooke
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Hi, I'm on my 2nd month on the pill and since this pack I've been using it as my sole method of contraception.

Last night, I took my pill late -for the first time ever-, but according to the prospect that's fine 'cause it was less than hours late (5 hs), is that right? However, immediately after I took the pill I started having diarrhea pains, and say 45 min to an hour later I had diarrhea.

Should I treat it as a missed pill? My prospect (I'm on Yasmin) says that a missed pill in the third week (this is pill 18) is very risky, but everything is solved if I skip the placebo pills and go right to the active ones of the new pack.

I searched in the forums but I couldn't find a definite answer, since some threads say that diarrhea doesn't affect the pill but still most volunteers list it as one of the causes for loss of effectiveness. I was wondering if I should just skip the placebo pill just in case.

Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate this site and forums and have for a long time, though this is my first post.

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September
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You have a 3 hour window both ways. So if your set pill time is at 8am, as long as you take it no earlier than three hours before or no later than three hours after 8, you're fine.

If you had the diarrhea 45 minutes after taking the pill, it was not in your system long enough to do its job. It's best if you treat it as a missed pill.

If this is your first missed pill in this cycle and you've taken all of the others as directed and on time, this doesn't compromise your birth control much. If you miss another pill, you should start using back-up for the rest of the cycle.

I am honestly not sure why the pill packet would suggest you skip the placebo pills, as whether or not you take the placebos has absolutely nothing to do with the effectiveness of your bc in the previous cycle.

If you're at all confused about how to proceed, I suggest you call the gyn who prescribed the pill to you.

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Johanna
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MissBrooke
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Thanks you very much for your answer

I'm sorry, there was a typo, I meant to say I was 5 hs late, which is less than 12 hs and the prospect says that's no problem. Which isn't really the issue since my body didn't absorb the pill anyway.

About the info in the pack, the way I read it,they say missing pills in the third week is especially risky because it's so close to the placebo week and may get the level of hormones in the body too low, and apparently skipping the placebo pills would avoid that. Does that make any sense?

Again, thank you so much.

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September
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Ah, okay. Thanks for correcting that. 5 hours after your regular time would have been too late, anyway, and you should have considered it a missed pill.

I just looked Yasmin up on several sites, and all of them state the same thing: if you miss one pill, regardless of where you are in your cycle, it does not increase your pregnancy risk.

I understand what you're trying to explain, I've just never heard of this before. Yasmin is a straight forward monophasic pill, there really should be no time that's "riskier" than any other as you're getting the same dose of hormones every day, anyway. And to boot, the way the pill is designed, hormone levels don't just drop during the placebo week.

Really, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Just take the rest of your pills on time and you should be fine. If you miss another one in this cycle, or take it late, you should then consider your birth control compromised and use a back-up method. But for now, nothing to worry about.

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MissBrooke
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Thank you September!

About the info in the package, I'm not in the US so the prospect is different, as well as the packaging, colors, etc., but I've checked and it's the exact same composition, so I'll go with your info since different sources agree on it.

Thank you for the quick replies!

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You're welcome!

Yes, I figured that maybe you'd get different packaging and possibly even different information.

Anyway. Hope you're feeling better by now, too. [Smile]

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