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princess562008
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Hello, I have a birth control question. I am on Ocella and have been for over 3 years. I am normally very good about taking the pill on time consistently at about 11:30 pm. I just finished my first week of the pack.

My problem is that for two nights in a row (the last two nights of the week) I went to bed early and forgot to wake back up to take the pill until in between 4:30am and 5 am. I understand that doing this one night is no big deal, but this happened two nights in a row and I had sex on both those days. Do you think I should take Plan B? Or is it not a big deal because it was only about 5 hours late on both nights? I can go buy it with no problem, but I don't want to spend $50 if I am overreacting. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Heather
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Am I understanding that you made up those missed pills, both nights, and did so only five hours later than you would normally take them?

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Yes, I made up the pills separately during each of the two nights between 4:30am- 5am, which was about 5 hours late from my approx. 11:30 usual time. I took each pill about 5ish hours late for two nights in a row.
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Heather
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So, if you're using a combined (not mini) pill, then those pills weren't even technically late. You have a 12-hour grace period until pills are late with the combined pill.

So, I see no need for EC here, though it does sound like you might benefit from switching to a time to take your pills that isn't so late, especially since unless you work nights or something, that's a mighty-late bedtime and probably you are going to want to go to bed earlier than that sometimes. [Smile]

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Ok, two more questions:
1) Is all Ocella a combined pill? I assume so, but I just figured I would double check. I don't think I am on a mini pill, but it's safest to ask. Mine is a 28 day pack.

2) I do want to switch the time when I am taking the pill to 9pm. It was so late (11:30pm) cause when I started the pill I was in college. I am now a working girl and can't stay up that late consistently. Can I change at any time, or should I wait until I start a new pack to change?

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If you look at your patient information leaflet, and it says is contains estrogen, you can know you're using a combination pill. Ocella, to my knowledge, only comes as a combination pill.

And yeah, that funny thing about bedtimes and getting older. [Smile]

Since it's only a change by a couple hours, you could change that time whenever you liked.

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Your doctor or pharmacist is the best person to ask about specific drug details; whoever prescribed it to you would know what kind it is.

Since, as Heather said, there's a 12-hour window when you can take a combination pill and be "on time," it's no problem to switch to taking it 2.5 hours earlier. Just start taking it then whenever you like (if it's a minipill your window is 3 hours so you'd still be fine).

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