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What are the risks of not taking birth control at the same time?

By March 21, 2011 - 7:53pm
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I make a strong effort to take my pill at the same time everyday, however sometimes I am in class or at work, and I take it a few hours late. Anywhere from 1-4 hours late.

I had sex the other night, and am wondering if I am at risk of being pregnant because of this?

I took a Plan B pill as a precaution 15 hours later.

In your opinion, did I SIGNIFICANTLY increase my chances of pregnancy by taking several pills at different times? And taking into consideration that I used a Plan B pill, is it likely I am still at risk?

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Hi lawsonlawson,

Taking your pill at the same time every day is to maintain the maximum level of effectiveness. However, it doesn't mean that if you don't take it at the same time daily, that you are no longer protected. As long as you continue to take your pills daily, the 1-4 hour difference in the time you take it should not make a significant difference or a difference at all.

Taking your daily birth control pill alone, I would say you're okay and not pregnant. Since you also took Plan B, I really think you are safe from pregnancy. If you want to be EXTRA sure, you may take a pregnancy test once your period is late.

Good Luck and good job being extra cautious and protecting yourself!

March 22, 2011 - 6:14am
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