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PunkRockLove
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I've been taking birth control pills (ortho-tricyclen) and I scheduled myself to take my pill at 10:00 every morning. Usually, I'm really good at taking my pill on time, but a few days ago I spaced out and took it 2 hours late. That same night I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and the following morning I took my pill at the regular 10:00 time. My question is; is taking one pill 2 hours late something I should be concerned about? Or is that not long enough to count as missing a pill?
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Most pills have a window of about an hour or two in which you are still ok. Note, this doesn't mean that you should vary it like that all the time, but it's not nearly as bad as having not taken it at all, or been seriously late. So taking it as close to your normal time as possible is always going to be best.

You're most likely still ok, even with that single two hour variation. However, if you're worried, call your doctor and ask them about it. Also you can use a backup method of protection for the rest of the cycle if you're worried that your protection might have been compromised. Better safe than sorry, right?

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