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So I hope I'm just being paranoid, because I don't really feel like there's anything else I can do, but here's my situation:

I'm 22 years old, and I've been taking combined oral contraceptives for about 6 months. My boyfriend and I have only been sexually active for about 2 months, and both of us are STI free, so the pill is our only birth control method. For the most part, I am pretty good about taking the pills within about 15 minutes of the same time each day, however, in the last week, I was in different time zone, so I ended up being like 2 hours late for 4 days, then was jet lagged when I got home and slept through my pill Thursday. I took it as soon as I woke up on Friday (14 hours late), then that night was about 2 hours late again, but since then have been back on schedule. However, Friday night and Saturday morning my boyfriend and I ended up having intercourse a few times, so I got nervous and took emergency contraception as well last night. I am in my third week of active pills, so I know that one late pill shouldn't have required EC, but I was worried since I had gotten so off schedule for the entire second week.

I know there's always a risk of pregnancy with genital to genital contact, but I'm really just looking for an assessment of my risk or just reassurance that I've done all I can; this is my first real pregnancy scare so like I said, I'm a little bit paranoid. I guess I'll know for sure in a week or two. Thanks for humoring me!

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It sounds to me like you have still been taking your pill properly, even on the days when you had a few hours difference. I think you can figure that you still at least are within typical use effectiveness of the pill (which is where most people are at with it, anyway), which is 92%. Probably, you didn't need to use the EC, but since you did, I think it's sound to figure your risk was very minimal. As minimal as it would be with the pill used perfectly.

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