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cupcakedoll
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I have a question that is urgent!

My period ends today and I must start taking my blue pills tomorrow, except that the pharmacy closes and 9 PM tonight and opens tomorrow at 9 AM (which is the time I take my pills!)
What is the window when my pill will no longer be effective? Im really scared that if I take it at 10 or 11 it won't be effective until I take the next pill on Friday

(I had sex on March 15th with a condom and I was on my first day of my period)

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Karybu
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Taking your pill one or two hours late really won't change the effectiveness. The general rule of thumb is that you have about a three hour window in which to take your pill without losing any effectiveness.

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So it I take them past 12 then it won't be as effective? I'm sorry!
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Karybu
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There may be a very slight drop in effectiveness after more than a few hours. The three hours is just a general rule - it depends on a bunch of things like whether you're on a monophasic (all the pills have the same amount of hormones) or a triphasic pill, or a progesterone-only pill (the mini-pill).

When you're picking up your pills tomorrow, the pharmacist should be able to tell you if you need to use a backup method of birth control based on your specific type of pill.

[ 03-18-2009, 08:42 PM: Message edited by: Karybu ]

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Ah okay~ I think I understand. I never have sex without a condom during this pack, and if I take my pill past noon tomorrow will my whole entire pack be less effective as the one before?
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Sorry I meant::

I never have sex without condoms. So during this pack....etc.etc

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If you always use condoms, then taking one pill a bit late will not cause a problem - you've got a very effective backup method in condoms. Honestly, taking one pill a few hours late is not a major cause for concern.

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