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Took BC pill 4 hours late on the 4th week, can I still get pregnant?

By July 15, 2016 - 9:04am
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I take a pill that allows me to skip periods if I feel like, so the last pill (of the pack) I took was at 9:30 - 10:00 the night before I had a guy over. The guy I had over had unprotected sexual intercourse (kinda. it was in and out because I decided I didn't want to anymore) and I decided to start a new pack of BC that night. I took it 4 hours later than I normally would. Do I have a chance of being pregnant? I have zero symptoms of being pregnant, but I have totally worked myself up over it all so I have felt randomly nauseous because of anxiety. Please help!

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Hello cew017,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern about taking your birth control pill late on the night you had unprotected intercourse.

If there was no ejaculation, you should have been safe.

If you're taking progestin-only pills it is crucial that you take the pill at the same time every day. Taking it three hours later than usual may make it ineffective and you will need to use a back up method for at least 48 hours.

It's probably a good idea to talk to your health care provider about your concerns.

Your health care provider or pharmacist is the best person to give you an answer because they can look up the specifications for the brand of pill you take.

Often times you can simply call your health care provider's office, let the receptionist know your concern, and request that a provider call you back.


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