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Changing the time of your birth control pill plus doubling up

By Anonymous August 6, 2014 - 8:46am
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I'm moving to Europe soon so I need to change the time I take my birth control pills. I was normally taking it at 6 am every night. I decided I needed to change it to 5 pm right now, before I move, so it would fit my new schedule. To avoid missing a pill, I took my usual 6am morning one day, then took a second one that same day at 5pm. After that, I kept taking the pills at 5pm every day.

Then, on the following week, I actually couldn't remember if I took the pill at 5pm or not, so at around 6pm, I took another one. I'm not sure whether I ended up doubling up or not that day.

So, all in all, there's a chance I took two pills more than I should've this month. This wouldn't normally concern me, except that I'm now having breast tenderness, which I never do. Would doubling up on the pill mess up my period? I'm guessing I'm at no risk of pregnancy, since I haven't missed any pills, but the feeling is weird. Is it just due to the double pills?

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Hi Anon!

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! You are doing the right thing by planning to take your pill at the exact time every day and it's good that you are thinking ahead!

There's always a risk of getting pregnant even when taking the pill perfectly! Just keep that in mind. 

Doubling up can have an effect on your cycle, even ever so slightly. The tenderness in your breasts can be normal. 

I advise you to use a back up form of birth control for the next 7 days as a precaution on getting pregnant. Traveling, moving and adjusting to new surroundings will definitely put stress on your body and your menstrual cycle, so just keep that in mind. Try to get plenty of rest, eat right and use a back up method until you get in a new routine.

Best wishes on your impending move and be sure to stay in touch with us here at EmpowHER.

I hope this helps!



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