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12redtulips
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Hi,
I'm currently on a tri-cyclin pill and have been for about 9 months.
I took a pill late during my first week of the pack (it was one of the grey pills). This was because I had lost my keys and was unable to get to my pills until about 10 hours after I was supposed to take it.
I did what the instructions on the pack said: take the pill as soon as you remember (which was about 10-12 hours later than usual).
I only had sex three times on this pack: once before I missed the pill, and twice afterwards (but I did not miss any other pills in the pack). All times a condom was used and it didn't break or leak or anything.
My pack says that I don't need to use a backup method if I only miss one pill, so that sounds like taking one pill late does not significantly impact the effectiveness? I used backup nonetheless, but now my withdrawal is three days late.
It sounds pretty unlikely that I'm pregnant, but from the package instructions, I don't know why my withdrawal would be so late otherwise
Thanks for your help [Smile]

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A pill actually isn't considered late until it's been more than 12 hours since your pill time. So if you took the pill ten hours after your pill time, that's totally fine.

Plus, if you've been backing up with condoms and you haven't had any problems there, you really don't need to be worried about a pregnancy risk.

If you're worried regardless, you can always go ahead and take a pregnancy test for your peace of mind, though.

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12redtulips
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So I do not need to be concerned if my withdrawal bleed never shows up?
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Since you've been using both the pill and the condom, with no failures, your protection should be at over 99%. If our bleed doesn't show at all and you're worried, you can still go ahead and take a test. But it doesn't sound like you need to be concerned about a risk.

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