Post # 1
The thread about conceiving while on BC just popped back up and it got me thinking. A lot of people mentioned that they are perfect when taking bc… like setting a phone alarm for it. I am NOT. Never have been. I always take my pill right before I go to bed and I almost never forget (like maybe one time/year do I some how forget)… but I go to bed at totally different times every night. Usually its around 11-12 but sometimes its 9 and sometimes its 2. I’ve never really worried about it and so far no babies!
Just curious if most people took their bc (be it pills or patches or what-have-you) EXACTLY as you’re supposed to? Or if being a little lax is the norm? And how has that worked out for you?
Post # 3
I have an alarm set on my phone, because I am forgetful. I take it within an hour, either before or after, the alarm goes off. That’s about as close to perfect as I can get! 🙂
Post # 4
9:00 pm on the dot most nights. Sometimes I’m 5-10 minutes late or a few minutes early, but I’ve gotten really good at knowing exactly when to take it. I’ve been on the pill FOREVER, though.
Post # 5
I was pretty lax with using the ring… just as long as I took it out & put in the “day” I was supposed to…. just couldn’t keep up with the exact time. lol
Post # 6
We use condoms, so we’re 100% perfect with it. 🙂
When I was using BC I would just take it sometime during the day….I was severely overweight though, so wasn’t too concerned.
Post # 7
I use to use NuvaRing so you put it in and forgot about it for 3 weeks so no need to remember anything. That was the main reason for switching to something like that because I’m horrible with taking pills.
Post # 8
We always use a condom no matter what, but I’m not on the Pill. That’s why we ALWAYS use a condom, even when we’re just messing around.
For you ladies that are on the Pill, please, please make sure you use it as directed if it would be a disaster for you to get pregnant.
My cousin is in COLLEGE and just told me she’s pregnant. She took two of her roommate’s birth control pills and thought it would act as a “morning-after pill.” There’s no excuse to be that uneducated about BC at that age. PLEASE BE SMART!
Post # 9
I take my BC at dinner time. 🙂
Post # 10
@MrsCoachBtoBee: Same here. My alarm goes off at 7am and I take it between 6-8am, but always within one hour of the previous day (so if I take it at 6am on Wednesday, I don’t take it any later than 7am on Thursday). I also stay consistent when traveling across time zones. I either set an alarm for ‘7am’ normal time or plan ahead and a week before the trip I shift the schedule so I end up taking it at ‘7am-destination time’.
I’m pretty paranoid, I guess, and I’d rather be safe than sorry!
Post # 11
I use an alarm every day. I also compensate for time zones when traveling. We now use a spermicidal film backup every single time as well (I got pregnant taking the pill perfectly so now I am on a higher dose pill + we use backup).
Post # 12
I use the ring and I’ve been told by multiple doctors that they actually contain enough hormones for 4 weeks (if you read the insert carefully it says that too even though it says to take out every 3 weeks). So about 2/3 or 3/4 of the time I leave it in for 4 weeks, then switch. The months I do skip a week and get my period, sometimes I go 3 weeks + period week w/o ring, other times 4 weeks + period. I’m definitely not 100% perfect by the book, but I’m normally well within keeping the hormones where they should be… once or twice I’ve messed up. When that happens I use backup or abstain for a week or so.
I’ve never had a scare either on the ring or on the pill (which I took at about but not exactly the same time every day).
Post # 13
@CorgiTales: wowzers, i could have written that myself!! I am the same, i take it at bedtime, which normally ranges from 9 to 1 or 2am. twice this year I’ve forgotten for 2 days at the beginning of a pill cycle and had to take 3 pills at once. I KNOW that i am risky in my behaviour, but when i tell my fiance if i’ve been “bad”, he usually says risk it and i agree – being preggers right now wouldn’t be the most convenient thing in the world, but it certainly wouldn’t be devastating either. We’re stable and happy. I certainly consider myself more on the side of trying to avoid pregnancy, but its not an “at all costs” situation at the moment. 2 years ago, i had the phone alarm, never missed a pill, and we would use back up if i was sick or on antibiotics. Nowadays, we’re a bit lazier.
Post # 14
I take my pill at roughly the same time every morning. Not on the dot, but within an hour. I’ve never had a scare. (knock on wood!)
Post # 15
@brideatbeach: That’s so depressing!! Sounds like someone slept through sex ed. (Or had abstinence-only sex education, don’t even get me started.)
Post # 16
@mightywombat: I’m a high school teacher, and I see so many girls wind up pregnant out of pure ignorance each year. I hate that attitude that if we don’t talk about it, they just won’t do it. Hardly!
Sorry, not trying to threadjack… 🙂