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fallenleaf
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Hi,

I am on Aviane-28, and currently at my second week of active pills for this month. Last month, I took one pill about ten hours late (instead of around 11 PM, I remembered to take it around 9 AM the next morning). Will mess-ups like this from my previous pack or from a pack before then affect my effectiveness now?

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Karybu
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No they will not. Only late or missed pills in your current pack will change the effectiveness.

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fallenleaf
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Okay. Does one to two hours later or one hour early count as "late"?
Also, does that mean that after the seven placebo pills when you have your withdrawal bleed, the effectiveness resets and you have another chance to achieve perfect effectiveness with the next pack?

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Karybu
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With combined pills (ones like you're on that have two types of hormones in them) you have about a three hour window either side of your normal time in which to take your pill, and a pill isn't technically considered late until it's at least 12 hours past the usual time you'd take it. So no, one or two hours earlier or later than your usual time is not a big deal.

Per your second question, yep, that's basically it, although there are a couple of exceptions. For example, if you miss the very last active pill in a pack entirely so that your placebo week is longer, then you'd need to use a backup method of birth control for at least the first week of the next pack. And if you take the first pill of a new pack late or miss it entirely, same deal. Does that make sense?

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fallenleaf
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I think so.

In other words, if I had a regular seven-day placebo week before starting this pack, and I've taken all this pack so far on time, I'm at the pack's most effective?

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Heather
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Yep. [Smile]

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fallenleaf
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okay! I'm (sorry to ask so many questions but you all are so helpful!!) wondering if vitamin or iron supplements interfere with birth control-- I can't see why they would but I wanted to make sure and couldn't find anything on my pill information sheet.
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Heather
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We keep a list of things known or strongly suspected to interact with the pill here: Combined Oral Contraceptives (The Pill)

And nope, iron or multivitamin supplements aren't known offenders. As I've said to people before, with basic dietary stuff -- and this counts as that, I'd say -- it helps to bear in mind the diverse diets of people who have been studied when studying the pill's effectiveness. If anything people were to eat or take in typical daily life was decreasing effectiveness, it'd probably be already accounted for in the general effectiveness rates OR singled out for more study if it came up as an issue.

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HI, I'm simply wondering about something. If we've been on birth control for a little and are starting to run out of bc pills, do we need to call in to our pharmacy or do we just show up with our card? I have Generess Fe birth control and I have the birth control card but I wasn't sure as to whether I needed to call in the order or just simply go to my pharmacy and hand them the card. Thanks!

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Heather
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Not knowing what kind of card you mean -- public health, private health insurance, a state BC program? -- or what country, state, province or city you're asking about, we couldn't possibly say. All of this varies a lot.

But who WILL know is your pharmacy, so what you should do to find this out is to call in and ask them. [Smile]

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