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Missing the consumption of birth control pill on regular time - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   how can I help you? Please proceed with your health query.
User :   hey there. I have been on birth control for about 7 years now. 2 days ago myself and my boyfriend had intercourse and he did ejaculate inside me (this is not something we usually do)
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   which birth control are you using? are you regular and strict in following it?
User :   the problem I have, or was wondering is this: I take my birth control pill everyday (usually around 7pm) YAZ. however tonight it slipped my mind and I ended up taking it like 4 and a half hours later than usual.... will this effect what happened on Saturday? Should I go get plan B tomorrow?
Doctor :   let me get it right. you had unprotected intercourse on saturday, and you missed your pill tonighht, but took it after 4 hours.
Doctor :   please correct me if I am wrong
Doctor :   did you take your pills correctly until today?
User :   yes ... I take my pill very regular... except tonight it was about 4 hours later than usual... I'm wondering if this will effect us having intercourse on saturday. Yes up until today I have taken all of my pills correctly
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   then you do not need to worry.
Doctor :   it will not affect what happened on saturday
User :   really?
Doctor :   take one more pill after 12 hours
Doctor :   and continue the rest of the pack as usual.
Doctor :   when was your last menstrual period?
User :   so tomorrow's pill should also be taken about 4 hours later than usual? it was about 2 and a half weeks ago
Doctor :   no, take one more pill after 12 hours of the last pill, and take tomorrows pill also at the time you usually take them i.e, 7PM.
Doctor :   continue the rest of the pack after this as usual.
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
Doctor :   please get back to me in case you have doubts
User :   i think so... tonight I took my pill 4 hours later than usual.. and I should do the same thing tomorrow?
Doctor :   no, take it at 7PM like other days (the usual pill) and take the 12 hour pill after 12 hours of the last pill
User :   I do not have plan B though... only normal birth control.. I'm not sure what the 12 hour pill is
Doctor :   so tomorrow you may land up taking 2 pills in total
Doctor :   it is teh sdame pill that you taking YAZ
Doctor :   which should be taken after 12 hours of your last pill
User :   I only have normal birth control... one pill a day
Doctor :   let me make it simpler for you to understand
User :   sorry for the confusion
Doctor :   at what time did you take the last pill?
User :   12 Midnight (3 and a half -4 hours later than I usually do) this was tonight
Doctor :   ok. so take one more of your YAZ pills at 12 noon tomorrow
Doctor :   and also take one pill that is your regular dose at 7pm
User :   really? why is that? .... i thought you were only supposed to have 1 per day
Doctor :   and from the next day onwards, continue the rest of the pack as usual by taking your pills at 7PM
Doctor :   this is done to give you extra protection since you missed the pill and did not take it withing 1-2 hours of missing it
Doctor :   in doing this you will maintain protection even without taking plan-B
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   is it the same thing as taking plan B? what if I just take one pill tomorrow.. DO YOU think i'm safe??
Doctor :   follow what I have said to continue having protection with your normal BCP
User :   but do you think that I'm safe from last saturday (2 days ago)
Doctor :   take one more of your YAZ pills at 12 noon tomorrow , and also take one pill that is your regular dose at 7pm, and from the next day onwards, continue the rest of the pack as usual by taking your pills at 7PM
Doctor :   yes you are going to be safe if you follow what I have said
User :   what about if I only take one more pill tomorrow at 7?
Doctor :   it may not give full protection
Doctor :   and in that case you will need to
Doctor :   follow a back up method of birth control
Doctor :   along with your regular BCP
Doctor :   in form of condoms when you have intercourse again
Doctor :   until you get your periods and start on the next new pack of pills
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