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Jill Valentine
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I found another question similar to mine on these message boards, but the answer wasn't helpful, so here's mine.

I've been on the same brand of pill for almost 5 months now and they seem to be causing me headache and nausea still, always 8-9 hours after I've taken them. I know switching brands is an option but for reasons that are too long-winded to mention, it's not convenient for me to do that right now and I'll just have to stick with this brand for at least another 2 months.

That is okay with me, since the symptoms aren't exactly unbearable and they always go away in the morning. But I figured that the time I take it is an issue, because I always start to feel sick at night, as I've said above, 8-9 hours after I've taken a pill. It doesn't happen every night, but a few times a week is still pretty often. If I could just shift my time by a few hours forward, the "sick time" would probably end up falling on the hours when I'm asleep, so I could avoid being sick altogether.

So here's the deal: I always take my pill at 4pm and I start each new pack on a Sunday. I'd like to take it now at 8pm instead, and most likely I'll make the change once I enter a new cycle. But I also know it's not a good idea to extend the pill free time for more than 7 days. If I were to take it at 8pm on Sunday instead of 4pm, I'd be 4 hours late starting my new pack, and that's not something I'm comfortable with.

I'm thinking if it'd be okay to START my next pack at 8pm on Saturday instead? So I'd have only 6 days with no pill being taken and also a new start day?

My questions for this would be:
  • How likely is it that I'll have breakthrough bleeding from doing this?
  • Will my pill's effectiveness be compromised?
  • If I do this, do I still have to use condoms as back up for the first 7 days?

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Robin Lee
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Hi Jill Valentine,

Thanks for looking up your question before asking. [Smile]

No, doing this will not compromise your pill's effectiveness. You won't need to use a second birth control method unless you should choose to do so for a higher degree of protection.

I can't think of any reason that this would cause breakthrough bleeding, though that is something that really isn't very easy to predict.

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Jill Valentine
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Thank you so much, Robin. This should make life a bit easier for me. [Smile]
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