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So I've been on the pill for a month, and after my first period being back on it I started taking it at 4 pm instead of 9pm (I don't know if thats an issue to start it before, I figured it wasn't?) but then today not being used to my 4pm time (even with my phone reminding me) I forgot to take it its about 5 1/2 hours later.. My boyfriend never busts inside me but should we be using condoms as back up? Thanks!
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Robin Lee
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The most important thing is to take the pill as soon as you've realized you've forgotten to take it.

One pill a few hours later won't make much of a difference in your overall effectiveness.

There's a lot of excellent information about what to do about missed or late pills in this article.
Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

If your boyfriend does not ejaculate inside you, and withdraws well before ejaculation, you are already effectively practicing theWithdrawal
method, so you already have a back up method to your birth control pill.

Mind, condoms do offer protection against STIs.


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