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So I have a question about the birth control pill I am on. I'm on ortho tricyclen lo and I believe the last pack I took became ineffective because I left them a few times for days in my car during the hot summer. My question is this: I had heard this can make them ineffective and if it did so, how do I start taking my next pack? Do I take it as if I'm starting it for the first time ever or do I take it after I finish my last placebo pills as if I have been taking it and it has been effective? Thanks!!
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Leaving the pill in higher temperatures does not make it completely ineffective. There is a chance that the protection may be slightly compromised.

So, when you think that the protection may have been compromised, you'll want to back up with condoms. But you will want to continue to take the pill as directed, as you'd only compromise the protection more by messing up your schedule.

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