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sarahmiller1989
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I'm taking Sprintec 28 which is the generic of Ortho-Tricyclen. I left it in the car for a few hours and it was really hot outside. On the pack itself it says to store it in 68 to 77 degrees fahrenheit. It was a summer day so it was probably 90 to 100 degrees outside. After I realized it was in the car I held it in front of the AC to cool it down.

I'm just wondering if I kept it in the heat like this would it lower the effectiveness? Or is it still fine to use and be fully protected?

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Exposure to high temperatures can compromise the effectiveness of the pill. However, there's no way to know for sure whether the pill has been affected, and if yes how much.

Leaving your pills in a hot car should be okay for a moment, but if we are talking several hours, you may want to consider using a second form of protection for the rest of this pack, just to be on the safe side.

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sarahmiller1989
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It was only for 2 hours because I went in to watch a movie and left them in my car.

I was just thinking; is it logical to think that if I'm not bleeding then the birth control pills are working?

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Nope, whether or not you're spotting isn't really a sign of anything. Plenty of women experience spotting when the pill is working just fine.

Like I said above, there is no way for us to figure out whether and how much the pill may have been affected. If you want to be extra-safe, you can back up with a condom for the rest of your cycle.

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