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What if I take the first pill of my pack a little late?

By September 20, 2015 - 6:40am
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Okay, soI have severe anxiety about pregnancy. Everything freaks me out, even just living with guys, and my irregular periods don't help, so I started taking Mononessa birth control pills last month. I completed the pack and got my period on the 4th day of placebo week. Then, the night I was supposed to take my first active pill, I was at a concert and was unable to take my pill at my usual 8:00pm time, so I took it when I got home at 11:30pm and continued taking my pills at 8:00pm daily since then (give or take 20 minutes), am I still completely totally safe (meaning in still taking the pill correctly and safely)? This isn't considered a missed or late pill?

I'm just worried because I read that you risk ovulation most of you go 7 days without hormones and with it being the first pill of my pack I went 7 days of placebos plus 4 hours of missing my pill.

Also, on a semi unrelated note, is it okay to take my pills early? For example, I went to a football game Friday and knew ahead that I wouldn't be able to take my pill until 10:30 at least, so I took my pill a few hours early (6:00 instead of 8:00).

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But this was 4 hours late, not 2-3, for the very first pill. Is this still safe?

September 21, 2015 - 4:02am

Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
You can take the pill within a 2-3 hour time frame every day. It does not have to be at the exact same time. The pill will still be just as effective the way you have been doing it. Don't freak out. As long as its in the same 2-3 hour window every day, its perfectly fine.

September 20, 2015 - 8:25pm
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