Post # 1
Hi guys- I’m on Loestrin 24 Fe which is a combined hormone pill. This month I have not skipped any days, but earlier in the month I took a pill several hours late (I normally take in the morning but I forgot, and I took it after work instead). Today, I did the same thing.
The pack actually says that if you miss an entire day, you don’t even need to use backup because it’s a combined hormone pill. Would you be worried in my scenario? I didn’t actually skip any days but I accidentlaly took it late twice this month. Anyone else on this pill?
Post # 3
“Skipping a pill” means not taking it and then taking a pill at your regular time the next day.
Since you actually took the pill (although late), I would not worry. The hormone doesn’t flush that quickly out of your system.
Post # 4
How many days ago was the first time this happened? I’ve asked my Dr. this same question and from what I understand, as long as it has been at least 7 days it’s ok. So if you were to miss a pill (or take a pill really late) twice in a week period, you’d need to have a back up. Otherwise you should be fine
Post # 5
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I’m not on the same pill, but I wouldn’t worry too much if the packaging says you’re good- companies hate liability, so the last thing the want to do is lie or stretch the truth on packaging. I have been kind of bad about taking my pill (also combined) lately, and I’m not pregnant (TMI alert- just got my period, so I know this for a fact).
If you are worried, you could pick up some condoms and explain to your man that you have been forgetting your pill and just want to be cautious- he’ll understand.
Post # 6
I’m on Loestrin24Fe and you’re right – the packet says you only need backup BC if you miss more than two pills. If you’re off by a few hours, I think you’re totally fine. I’ve been an almost perfect user of the pill but have had a couple of slip ups with time differences/time zones that put me slightly off. Obviously, you don’t want to make a habit of being late with it, but as long as you continue to take it on time the rest of the month, you should be fine!
Post # 7
You can get pregnant taking the pill perfectly (every pill has a built-in failure rate). They tell you a backup method isn’t necessary because a pregnancy is still highly unlikely, not because it’s impossible.
I got pregnant while taking a combo pill perfectly, and my Ob/GYN said in her experience, the pill has a “real life” failure rate of about 8-10% (so 8-10 in 100 women a year get pregnant on them). That includes people taking them perfectly.