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Member # 29242
posted 08-11-2006 08:13 AM
I usually take my birth control between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning... sometimes I've been taking it as early as 8.
Twice within a one week period, I forgot to take my birth control because I had to be to work at 9 0r 10:00 in the morning. Around 11 I'd remember, I'd take it as soon as I got home (5:00) and then took my next pill at around 10 the next morning (at my usual time) If I continue to take my pills at roughly the same time, how long will it be until it's up to its "maximum effectiveness?" I've got a week left on this pack, so will it be another whole pack until it's the most effectiveness? I've been working at such odd times... I'm also off to yearbook camp in a few days... they want you to be up at 7:30... I'd love to change the time to something constant (6:00 pm was what I origionally wanted, but I've sometimes not home at 6:00 and my mom had a problem with that) but my mom wants me to take it as soon as I get up, which is starting to drive me loony, because I don't want to be taking it too early (7:00) and then the next morning sleep in until 11:00. Thank you.
Member # 29292
posted 08-11-2006 09:47 AM
You have a three hours window to take your pill eveyday so taking it at 8 o'clock instead of 10 o'clock isn't likely to make a big difference.
But missing pills does. Missing one can be okay but two or three, it can make a difference. Check your pill packaging. With most pills if you miss more than two or three doses, you need to disgard the rest of the pack and begin a new one immediately. If you do not have your insert or it is not clear in its instructions then you need to call your health care provider or pharmacist ASAP to ask for instructions. I'd also say use a back-up method for the rest of this cycle. It should cover whatever risk you've opened yourself up for this cycle, and give your body enough time to get back on track. On your next pack, you should be fine as for effectivness. If you have problem with taking you pill on time everyday, maybe you should seek another birth control method, one that is easier for you. [ 08-11-2006, 09:56 AM: Message edited by: cool87 ]
Member # 29242
posted 08-12-2006 08:20 AM
I don't know. It said that if you miss a pill, take two the next day... and you can do that up to two times I do believe. I didn't skip taking a pill, I just took it later and continued taking it at my normal time, so that's why I was unsure.
Member # 3
posted 08-12-2006 02:26 PM
Once you start your next new pack, you can consider being at max effectiveness from day one of that pack.