BC pills and time zones – Honeymoon help!!

posted 7 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
6583 posts
Bee Keeper

(not medical advice) I’d probably just take an extra one sometime while you’re on the plane, and then continue doing it at your normal time (930 am local time). Then when you head back, you’re sort of flying back in time, so it shouldnt be as much of an issue. 

Post # 3
3545 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

ktb19 :  Call your gynecologist’s office and speak with a nurse. That’s what I did when we travelled to Europe last year from NY. I think the time difference was about 8 hours, which she said was minimal enough to continue taking my pills at the normal time. Since your time difference is almost double, I imagine you may have to adjust. 

Post # 5
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

When I went to Ireland for my honeymoon I set a timer on my phone instead of an alarm for the first pill. I took my pill at my normal time at the airport, and then set a timer for 24 hours. When the timer went off the next day, I set a new alarm synced for local time. That way I didn’t have to try to do the math and adjust for time zones!

Post # 6
2759 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

What kind of pill are you on? Is it the regular combo pill or the (progestin only) mini pill? With a regular combo pill you don’t need to worry as much. With the mini pill I calculated the time difference and woke myself up at 3am while travelling to take my pill every night. ktb19 :  

Post # 7
2503 posts
Sugar bee

When I was on the pill and this situation came up, I would just switch the time of day I took the pill at the start of the pill pack prior to the travel. Then I’d just switch back to the original time at the start of the next pill pack if desired. Whenever possible, I’d choose a time that worked in both time zones (assuming I wouldn’t be traveling for a full pill pack). 

ETA: If I were you I’d go for the 5:30am/8:30pm time, starting with the pill pack prior to your travel. Just make sure you set an alarm on your phone, and remember to take the pill during travel time. 

Post # 8
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

As one PP mentioned, it depends on the pill you take and how you take it (eg 21-7 or if you don’t take a break). 

I am on a high Gestagene pill and I switch time zones all the time (going back and forth to Europe). Plus I never manage to take it at the same time to begin with. For 20 plus years now. 

If it was me and I knew it was way over 24 hours I’d just eyeball it and throw in one extra pill inbetween. But that’s just me. 

Post # 9
14940 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d start adjusting by half an hour on his end.  Start taking it earlier and earlier until the earliest you wake up.  So say you can do 730 here?  Then it’s 1030pm there and maybe that works better?  And if not, just take it a little earlier and make that the new time.  Then when you come back, the change to your local time is minimal too.

Post # 10
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If you’re on a regular pill (not mini pill), “same time every day” just means roughly the same time. Don’t go 24 hours without a pill. Just take it before you go to bed. If the exact same time would be 12:30 AM, it should be totally fine for you to take it at 10 or 11 PM. 

Definitely set an alarm though! Jetlag might mess you up.

Post # 12
658 posts
Busy bee

I am going to echo PP advice – set an alarm and also talk to your doctor for exact timing and how to handle this.

My best friend got pregnant this way – she traveled to Europe and messed up her pill time taking and technically ended up missing 2 pills due to the delays. When you miss 2 pills the next month it isn’t as effective and she got preggo.

Post # 14
658 posts
Busy bee

ktb19 :  Glad you are being proactive about it 🙂 Congrats on your wedding and honeymoon!

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