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Jill Valentine
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Last night I took my birth control pill as usual, but instead of having a glass of water ready like I normally do, I waited a minute or so for someone to get me water. As I waited, I held the pill in my hand and fidgeted with it a bit. My hand was a little sweaty, so by the time I got my water to swallow the pill, I noticed that it didn't look as "glossy" anymore.

I'm on Microgynon, where the active pills are beige-coloured and have a sugar coating. I'm not sure if I just rubbed off some of the wax coating on the pill. As far as I know, that's what gives pills in general their glossy appearance. Besides this, the pill still had its beige colour and looked exactly like it was before. I've read that the coating doesn't contain any active ingredients anyway, but I want to be sure I took my pill correctly and that its effectiveness didn't decrease from my fingers rubbing on the coating.

Sorry if this sounds silly, but thanks in advance for any help.

[ 02-15-2014, 10:27 AM: Message edited by: Jill Valentine ]

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Molias
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Sounds like you just rubbed off some of the coating, and not any of the medication itself; this shouldn't impact the effectiveness at all. =)
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Jill Valentine
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I was thinking the same, but it's always helpful to hear from someone with expert advice. Thanks!
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