(Closed) Birth Control and Daylight Savings

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wouldn’t you just push it ahead an hour to compensate for the “Fall back”? And then when you start the next pack, just adjust if that’s not a convenient time.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Does an hour make a big difference? I usually just took mine at night when I went to bed.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Found an answer here:

http://contraception.about.com/b/2010/03/11/is-it-okay-to-take-birth-control-pills-an-hour-later-because-of-daylight-saving-time.htm

You have an 1-2 hr wiggle room window according to this article.

Also, my dr today told me that my new pill has a 12 hr effectiveness window, so as long as I take it within 12 hrs of the usual time I’m still protected. (I’m still going to take it at the same time to ensure I don’t forget it, but nice to know I’m covered.)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@smiley90: I keep mine at the same time even after daylight savings time. I’ve been on BC since I was 16, so nearly a decade! 🙂 No worries, you have more of a chance forgetting to take it if you switch the time. However, if you’re truly worried about it, ask your doctor or nurse.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@eliwhit: I’ve heard mixed things… some people who have mentioned a pregnancy because of a missed/late pill, but also the wiggleroom thing. It might depend on the strength of the pill in question.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I take mine whenever I get up, so sometimes there’s a couple of hours difference.  I’ve been on the pill off and on for years, and I’ve had nary a pregnancy scare, so I think you’re safe!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just take mine like normal. I don’t factor DST into it. I’ve been on the pill for a Looooong time.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wouldn’t have thought an hour would make much difference, it takes a while for the hormones to completely be out of your system (lot longer than an hour)

If in doubt maybe take extra precautions for that one evening where the clocks change

Post # 11
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Busy bee

An hour makes no difference.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

One hour won’t hurt you at all, so either continue taking it at the same time or adjust by an hour so you feel comfortable. Either way, you will be fine.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I always just used the alarm on my phone, which automatically adjusts to Daylight Saving

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just take it when you normally do (aka – if you normally take it a 8pm, keep taking it at 8pm).  The one hour shift the first day won’t matter a bit.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve always heard that there’s a 2 hour window in which you can take your pill and have it still be as effective. I always take mine at the same time, even when we change the clocks. I’ve never had any problems.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m really, really careful about my BC pills (I know 1-2 hours different is supposed to be okay, but we don’t want to take any chances right now!), so I either:

1) Switch it 1 hour forward/back (example: shift 7am to 6am) so it’s still exactly 24 hours away from whatever it was previously, and stay at that time until I start the next pack (after the placebo pills I shift to my regular 7am again)… OR

2) Shift it in 15-minute increments over a few days (example: Day one at 6:15 instead of 7, Day 2 at 6:30, Day 3 at 6:45, and Day 4 back to 7) 

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