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Oh Zanna
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I just started taking birth control pills (for cramps, not for contraception), and I'm having trouble figuring out a good time to take them, as they need to be taken at the same time every day. When I first wake up is a no-go, since while 7 o'clock AM may be great now, I'm certainly not going to be up then once school lets out! Same for bedtime: while I'm almost always home by 12:30 during the school year, I may be out during the evenings during the summer. Currently I'm taking the pills at 12:00 noon, but I'm curious to know if there is an easier time that I haven't thought of. So, question to all you birth control pill-takers: When do you take the pill? What times have you found easiest? Any good advice?
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Lady Moonlight
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You should call your doctor or the clinic where the pill was prescribed (or the pharmacy where the prescription was filled) and ask about timing. For some pills, a couple of hours variance may not make a difference.

For example, my doc said it was okay to just take my pill when I get up in the morning, even though my wake-up time varies anywhere from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. (According to her, for this pill "the same time every day" means "in the morning" not "at 6:13 a.m.") However, my case might not be the same as yours, which is why you should double-check regarding your particular type of pill.

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Oh Zanna
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I hadn't realized that there could be so much leeway; I take Alesse, and the package says "it is important to take it at about the same time everyday," which I interpreted to mean within fifteen minutes of the same time. However, if this really means "in the morning" and not at "6:13 AM", as I believed... well, there will be a much happier me! Less for my scatter-brain to remember! Mm, I'll go drop by my gyn office tomorrow, and thanks for bringing this detail to my attention, Lady Moonlight.
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A word of warning: Alesse is one of the lower-dose birth control pills, which means it's VERY critical that it be taken as close to the same time of day as is humanly possible if you want it to effectively work as a contraception. (I'm sticking this in here mostly because I know we have a lot of users who do take Alesse for contraception, and also so you'll know about that in case you become sexually active while taking it.)

As Lady Moonlight said, with some pills, you have a bit more leeway, and it's possible that you might as well, since you're taking it only to control cramps and not as a contraceptive. Do check with your doctor and see what your options are.

And when I was on the pill, I took them around 9 p.m., as I was on another medication that had to be taken a few hours before bed and I was already in the habit of taking pills then. Plus, it was a time at which I was almost always awake!

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I've been on OrthoTri Cyclen for almost a year now, and I've been taking it at 10pm since I started. My doctor told me that it might be a good idea to take them right before bed at least initially so that if they made me nauseated (which they did) it wouldn't be so bad (ie. interrupting my day). I decided that 10pm was as close to bedtime as I was going to get, so that's when I always take them.

It's also important to remember to adjust the time you take your pills if you're traveling and changing time zones. 10pm where I am isn't the same as 10pm in other parts of the world.

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I take it at 8:00pm for the same reason as Kitten.

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i figured i would just stick this in here since it is (mostly) related.

my doctor just prescribed Alesse for me (today actually). i have not had my period for three months and after running lots of tests to rule out other health problems, she went ahead and put me on the pill until i can get an ultrasound done to check for ovarian cysts.

so first i was wondering about what some of the side effects people taking Alesse specifically may have experienced (i read all the info that came with it, i was just wondering about specific experiences people may have.)

i'm really interested to know if anyone on bc, whether Alesse or another kind, has had difficulty with wearing contacts.

also, i started my pill today at 12:30 pm. i figured that i would most likely be awake everyday at that time or could at least set my alarm if i happened to be sleeping still to take it then.

after reading some of these posts though, i was thinking about what to do if i decided another time would be better to take the pill.

if i wanted to change the time of taking my pill, should i just take the next one then, or ask my doctor first?

i'm not taking the pill for contraception, but to regulate my period, so if i changed the timing, would i be okay?


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I take mine around 1:30 p.m. and that seems to work just fine for me. I have been taking them at that time since I started because eating before taking pills has always helped me, of course except those that specifically say to take them on an empty stomache.

As for changing the time you take your pills, I've talked to my doc about this one and she says to wait out the cycle and if you still want to change the time do so with the first pill of your next pack and follow that same time with the rest of the pills.

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