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Xanthism
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I've now been on the pill for eight months, but my timing for the first six was very haphazard (although none of the pills were ever missed). For example, I was taking a pill once at nine, then the next at ten, the next at three in the morning, then the next at ten again, etc.

I started my period on the third day after taking my last active pill of that pack, then started my next pill packet on the eighth day. Would I have been protected straight away after taking that first pill of my new packet, despite my chaotic timing for the months before?
Many thanks!

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Robin Lee
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Hi Xanthism,

There is a three hour window both before and after the time you usually take your pill in which the pill is considered "on time". A few pills that are a few hours later than that aren't known to dramatically reduce the effectiveness. So, your pill taking isn't quite as haphazard as it seems. [Smile]

It sounds like you're now taking your pills more consistently?

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Xanthism
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Yes, I was on Dianette at the time, and a pill taken twelve hours after my usual time (which was nine PM) would be considered late, which none of them were. I was just wondering if despite taking it at different times I would have still been protected over my seven day break and as soon as I started my next pill packet, considering I'd been on them for six months and taking them in this way. And yes, since I started that new packet, I've had an alarm set for the evening!
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