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beautifulS0LE
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I'm pretty sure this question has been asked but I can't seem to find the exact one.

I usually take my pills at around 4pm and since I just started taking the pill I'm having a hard time adjusting. Yesterday I took them about 5 minutes early, is that okay? I also was an hour late in taking them today bc I had training at work.

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You have about a 2 to 3 hour window to take your pills and still be considered fully protected. So neither five minutes nor a whole hour is anything to worry about at all. [Smile]

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Whew, thank you! :-)
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Follow up question:

I started bleeding today and it looks like my period. I haven't even started my placebo pills or anywhere near it. I still have about two weeks to go. Is this normal?

PS. Thank you for putting up with my numerous questions [Smile]

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How long have you been taking the birth control pills (if I'm not mistaken, only very recently, correct)?

During the first 2-3 months of starting a hormonal method, side effects are more common as your body adjusts to the hormones, and that inludes mid-cycle spotting or bleeding. Unless you've been taking the pill for awhile, it probably isn't anything to worry about.

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This is my first month actually so I'll just put this to the side for now. Thank you!
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If after about three months, you're still experiencing mid-cycle bleeding or spotting (or any other side effects that you don't find bearable), you'll want to check in with whoever prescribed you the pill and talk about different options.
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