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What if you take the birth control pill one hour late?


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2015-07-17 17:40:29
2015-07-17 17:40:29

I have asked this question to my doctor before and she said no, that is not necessary. She told me that taking the pill 4 hours late is when you should be starting to worry, but one hour is ok. If you're like me though, you hate being late at all.

well 1 hr is you do not have to worry.

Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No.

Combination birth control pills are ideally taken within 4 hours of your designated time. BUT it's best if you take it the same time everyday. DO NOT assume that you can take it 4 hours late because of that. You don't want to take chances if you do not use alternate forms of protection. Missing the pill by one hour for one day will not increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Remember the pill is about 98% effective. and women who do get pregnant on the pill are women who don't take it on time everyday. You can't mess around with your body.

But you are fine, I promise. So relax(:

An hour should not make a difference. Most medications have an hour leeway before and after the "scheduled" time.

Taking the birth control pill an hour late does not increase the risk of pregnancy.


Nothing happens. You are still fine. The insert inside your medication will tell you that too.You are actually still covered if you miss one day of birth control (don't ever do this purposely. I'm using this to prove a point) you are supposed to take your pill at the same general time everyday. This gives you about a 2 hour window. Of course the best way to do it, it the exact same time. But what I'm saying is your body is not going to freak out and not work properly over one hour. The drug is still in your system.

No you'll be fine.

Yes they tell you to take the pill around the same time each day so that you are getting a constant flow of hormones in your body and to also help you remember to take the pills an hour is perfectly fine you are still safe but if you are really worried about it just use a backup method for a week or so , Good Luck and God Bless!!

Contributors have recommended:

  • Yes, I'm sure you'll be fine. Early is better than late. And an hour won't usually matter anyway.
  • As long as you take the pill about the same time everyday, you are protected.

Yes you can use the MAP as a second source but missing your BCP by one hour is not missing your pill.

for 1 hour it doesnt really make a difference, the biggest problem is usually for more than 12. That, however doesnt mean that it is safe to take the pill 12 hours late! So try keep an alarm


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Still close enough for the pill to be effective. Don't worry about it.

If you had missed a pill or been late with a pill, causing you to take the morning after pill, then you should use a back up method of birth control for the next seven days. If you didn't forget a pill or take a pill late, then I'm not sure why you took the morning after pill, but the birth control pill will still be effective even though you took the morning after pill. The morning after pill doesn't make the birth control pill less effective.

The birth control pill is something you take once every 24 hours to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

With most birth control pills, you just have to take it on the same day. If you're on the progestin only pill, you have a three-hour window. Call your health care provider or pharmacist for advice specific to your pill.

when you mis a pill, chances are that your birth control will not work as well as if you were to take it at the same time each day. antibiotics also can cause the pill to be less affective. so always use a backup method when you miss a pill, take a pill more than an hour late, or if you are on antibiotics.

If you start the birth control pill on schedule, no later than the day on which you would have started the next cycle of the birth control patch, you are protected during the switch. If you were late in starting the pill, you may not have protection until you've taken the pill correctly for seven days.

Hello there. Yes a period can be delayed if you have missed some of your birth control pills.

An hour earlier than usually? You certainly can.

yes..its a birth control pill.

Solpadeine is a painkiller, not a birth control pill.

yes.Yes, you may get your next period late after you stop the pill.

yes, and even on the birth control pill there is still a small chance of getting pregnant.

Most people won't have bleeding as a result of taking their pill an hour late. Unexpected spotting or bleeding can be a side effect of the birth control pill, particularly in the first three months of use or with progestin only pills (e.g. Micronor). Talk to your health care provider for advice specific to your situation.

Yes, Krimson 35 if a birth control pill

Taking the next birth control pill early does not impact effectiveness. Taking it late may.

Yes, minigynon 30 is a birth control pill.

ALL drugs have an effect on birth control pill?

The birth control pill will not stimulate or jump start your period. Talk to your health care provider if your period is more than three months late.

A minute late! O my goodness why would you even be worried about this!! No this is not bad, it takes the pill at least an hour to get into your system and then it stays in your system so it's not like a minute would change anything you are perfectly fine

You will not increase your chances of conceiving if you take the morning after pill one hour late.

Yes, Aviane is a good birth control pill. It is the preferred pill of many women.

If you're on the progestin only pill ("minipill", such as Micronor, NoreBe, or Cerazette), you should use a backup method of birth control if you're more than three hours late. Us the backup method for the next two days after the late pill (or 14 days if you took ulipristal for emergency contraception). If you're on the combination (regular) birth control pill, you don't need to worry about a backup method unless you're more than 24 hours late.

about three days into your 'white' section of your pills is still normal

Cortisone does not affect how well the birth control pill works.

Zigat 400 is not a birth control pill. It's an antibiotic.

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