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sarah grace
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Hey guys,

Just want to check and see how big of an issue I've got going on. I have done some research since it's Sunday and I can't get ahold of a pharmacist or my gyno, but I've found conflicting info.

I had my placebo week last week (Dec 30-Jan 5) and tonight was when I was supposed to start my new pill pack. I forgot to pick up my pills from the pharmacy because of some family issues, and by the time I remembered they were already closed. I can go pick them up tomorrow at 8am and I normally take my pill between 11-12 at night so it's only 9 hours late. I'm on Tri Sprintec and have consistently been on the pill since September 2010 so it's not even really considered late until it's 12 hours past your normal pill time, correct?

I wouldn't be worried except that I had sex without a condom on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Is this pill being so late going to cause a pregnancy risk since it's the first pill of the new pack? Should I purchase some EC, or call my gyno? Any advice is appreciated. [Smile]

Thanks!

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Robin Lee
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HI There,

I wouldn't consider this a risk for the intercourse you've already had, but do suggest backing up for this cycle. There's some evidence that taking the first pill of a pack on time is especially crucial and I'm not sure how much of a time delay that crucial first pill includes.

So, if you are looking to prevent pregnancy, backing up with another method (such as condoms) for this cycle would be sound.

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sarah grace
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I'll definitely back up for the rest of the cycle. [Smile] I appreciate the response, Robin Lee!
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Not a problem. Glad it was helpful. [Smile]

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