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wanderlusting
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If I took the second pill of a new pack 1.5 hours later than I did on the first day of the pack, will this decrease effectiveness? I've never been late on one so close to the end of the placebo period and I'm not sure if I should be worried. Thank you for your time.
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Nope.

If you are using a combined pill, you have a grace period of 12 hours before a pill is technically late. If you use a POP (minipill), you have a three hour grace period.

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So, to be clear, taking my combined pill (Nortrel) within 12 hours of the usual time is still considered perfect use? Also, what establishes that a 12 hour window doesn't decrease effectiveness? Thank you!
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In order for figure out what keeps any medication effective, clinical studies are done.

That 12-hour window has been established by many of them, over decades.

Ideally, so as to not miss pills by spacing out, you want to stick to taking them around the same time of day -- morning, afternoon, evening, whatever works for you -- but taking them that way is really about helping yourself remember to stay in the habit. As your pill instructions should tell you, the way you took your pill isn't a late pill.

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