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Yesterday, and the day before, I was suffering from a pretty severe case of the stomach flu, and I threw up at 7:30 yesterday morning. I normally take my Birth Control Pill (Ortho-Novum 1/35) at 9 AM, but I waited until I was sure I wasn't going to throw up again to take it. I ended up taking it at 3 PM, so six hours later than normal. It's the latest I've ever been, and it's only my second cycle in my life. Should I be using a back up method, or am I still within the window where that isn't necessary? Is "perfect use" actually within a 12 hour window?

Also, another question: I mentioned in a previous post a while ago that when I started my pill, though it was on a Sunday, it wasn't the Sunday after my period- it was just a Sunday during the month. If I had sex, relying only on the pill, after going through one full cycle, including the placebo pills, even though I didn't begin using one of the preferred start days, would I still have been protected? Regardless, we also used withdrawal, but I'm curious. Thank you!

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I would recommend using a back up method for the rest of the pack. 12 hours would be considered a "missed" pill, but 6 hours is a late one, so the risk isn't as high, but will still be higher risk than if it was taken on time.

If you went through one whole cycle before relying on the pill it was effective by then.

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