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sweet_thing
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So I was really busy today and forgot to pick up my birth control from the student health services today, and now they're closed for the weekend. I'm on my inactive pills right now, but I'm supposed to start up again with the active ones on Sunday. I tried calling for an on-call physician to ask what to do, but I kept getting recorded answering services telling me not to request to page the doctor unless it was absolutely urgent.

I'm not sure what to do. Do I just wait until Monday morning and get them then, and take the Sunday pill late? Do I take the Sunday pill on Monday and push everything forward a day? I don't particularly wanna mess up my cycle. And I don't want to compromise the effectiveness of the pill either. D:

Oh, and I take my pill everyday at 5:30 pm on the dot (I have an alarm set so I never miss it).

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Heather
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If there's only one place you can get your pills from, and they are closed until Monday and don't have a phone service to deal with emergencies, then it's likely you will simply have to wait until Monday for your pills. [Frown]

If that winds up being what you do, then for sure, starting a day late can compromise effectiveness, so what you want to do is take two pills that day, then be sure to use a backup method of birth control for at least that first week of this next pill pack.

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sweet_thing
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Ah ok. Yeah, it looks like I'm gonna have to do that. I get my birth control through my school's student health services because it is quite a bit cheaper, but they changed their hours for the summer.

My boyfriend and I already use withdrawal as a backup method even when I take my pills correctly. Can we still keep doing that, or would it be safer just to use condoms for a few days instead?

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Heather
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When making choices, I'd suggest thinking about it like this: if your backup method were your ONLY method, what would you want to use and feel most comfortable/safe using?

Whatever your answer is, there you go. [Smile]

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