i've been on the pill for the last year, and i usually take it reguraly, but today i was late 2 hours, and the packet had 4 pills left, which means that i should start from a new packet after this one, but i kind of worry that if i don't get my perion i'll start paniking, and also was wondering if those 2 hours really matter? sorry for being ignorant if there is a post about missed pill already but i really need a quick answer. thanks
the two hours shouldn't matter that much. if used correctly the pill is over 99% effective, but incorrectly (many women take it at varying times of the night, and not always EXACTLY at the same time)it is still about 97% effective. (directly from the pill package): "if you miss 1 "active" pill take it as soon as you remember. take the next pill at the regular time. this means you may take 2 pills in a day. you do not need to use a back-up method if you have sex."so if you have been taking the pills correctly for the last year, missing one by 2 hours will not mess it up at all. no worries
They amount of leeway you have may depend on the composition of the pill that you're taking, but for the combined (estrogen and progesterone) pill, "You should take the pills within 12 hours of the correct time."It's good to be as accurate as possible, but I don't think you have anything to worry about if you're off by 2 hours one day.
oh right, thanks. i mean, i have sex with my boyfriend, almost everyday, so i was jst wondering if that would effect me, as the sperm inside a body survives (even) for 3 days, and today i took the last (missed) pill after two hours, the time i take it and after withhin 12 hours, so im not sure, if it still would work. :S we did have sex last night, but he didnt ejaculate inside me, but that still kind of worries me that pre-sperm could get inside me!
It's not that the b/c pill you take today kills tommorow's sperm. It's a cumulative thing, where you're trying to maintain a stable level of the hormones in your blood. There's a straighforward explanation here:
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Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman cannot get pregnant if she doesn't ovulate because there is no egg to be fertilized. The Pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that may have been released. The hormones in the Pill can also sometimes affect the lining of the uterus, making it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus.
Either you ovulate or you don't. If you don't, you can't get pregnant.
Don't worry you'll be fine.
Sometimes you just forget to take the pill at the set time you have been taking it. Sometimes I forget up to 3-4 hours, but it has made no difference :smile: