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my girlfriend took her pill an hour late, because we forgot about the time change there any risk of her being pregnant because of this, and when it talks about missing the pill in the instructions for taking them, what kind of time frame are they talking about. is that like a few hours or a day? this stuff is confusing
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It varies depending on your particular pill (you'd have to look at the instructions for her prescription, but if you've lost them you can see if Scarleteen has a copy here, but generally within three hours is not considered late. A missed pill is twelve or more hours late. So no, an hour here or there won't change the effectiveness of her pill [Smile]
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With the pill, you've got a three hour window in which you can take your pill and consider it to be 'on time'. So if your pill time is 9am, you can take the pill as early as 6 and as late as noon and be on time. A pill isn't considered late until it's been more than 12 hours since the pill time.

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You may also find this question helpful:
Three questions about taking the birth control pill(and plenty of answers).

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