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all_about_eve
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Hi,

I go to school in MN and the winters are, as you might guess, exceedingly bitter up here. I'm on Azurette, the generic brand version of Mircette, and I'm about two weeks away from finishing my first pack.
I've noticed that all the BC packs say to store the pill at room temperature. I'm a bit concerned about this, because I've had my birth control with me outside when it's anywhere from 15 to -3 degrees, and I'm wondering if exposure to such extreme cold can "deactivate" the pill or make it less effective. Rest assured, the pill pack spends the majority of its time inside with me, but I walk about 2 miles a day on average so I'm outside for at least an hour, sometimes more. Any advice?

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atm1
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Hi Eve,

Extreme hot temperatures are worse for pills than extreme cold, but those temperatures are VERY cold, and so finding a way to protect your pills against it would be a good idea.

If you have to carry them with you (the best option would be to leave them in a heated building al day), can you store them inside your coat instead of in your purse? An internal pocket to a jacket or coat would be perfect for keeping the pills at a reasonable temperature.

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all_about_eve
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Thank you!

I have switched to carrying the pills in my purse/jacket pocket. I do have one follow up question, though. Does the pills' previous exposure to the cold pose any threat to me now? Keep in mind that I was (stupidly) keeping them in a small metal case, and that case was getting pretty cold when I was out walking. Should I back this cycle up?

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