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I have a question regarding the effects of heat on birth control pills. A week ago I went on vacation where it was very warm outside (occasionally reaching the 90's Fahrenheit). I always keep my pill pack in my wallet inside my purse. However, I didn't realize that the pills had a message on them saying to store them between 68 and 77 degrees F until just now! I would walk around outside in the heat for upwards of an hour sometimes! To play it safe, I'm discarding this pack and getting a new pack and starting from where I left off in the pill cycle. Though now I am worried that I was taking potentially less-effective pills for a week before getting a new pack. My boyfriend and I always use condoms in addition to the pill (and to my knowledge, none have broken or slipped) , but I am now concerned that I now run the risk of pregnancy. Should I be concerned about pregnancy because I did not immediately discard the heat-affected pills/ took a week's worth of them?
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I wouldn't worry too terribly much, considering you already back up with condoms that it sounds like you are using correctly. "up to an hour" in a warm bag is not the same as leaving them on the car dashboard in the Arizona sun all day, every day.

It's great that you were so proactive and went and got new pills. Continue to back up with condoms and you should be fine.

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