Post # 1
Hey bees. I’ve been on the pill for about three months, and I just realized I missed a pill last night for the first time. I have a daily reminder set up in my iPhone, but I’ve noticed that sometimes it will alert me several minutes after the scheduled time, or it just won’t alert me at all. Usually I manage to remember on my own. Last night, though, I didn’t, and I didn’t realize until I went to take tonight’s pill. I’m annoyed and kind of fed up that the reminders aren’t reliable.
I’ve seen some people on the board say they use reminder apps to remember to take their pills, but I can’t seem to find the names of any on the boards and Google isn’t really any help. Does anyone have any recommendations for an iPhone app that you use and love? Thanks!
Post # 3
If it’s a smart phone, there are some other apps that can alter the way alarms work, so that could be why yours is going hinky.
I don’t have a smart phone, I just have a single alarm that goes off at 7 PM every night. It’s always worked for me,however if an alarm goes off during a call (This is true for most phones) it can disable the alarm for the day and you may not have realized it ever triggered.
Can’t help you about the app.
Post # 4
Ditto the alarm. I have an older iPhone, but it will go off during a phone call.
I don’t know about needing another app for it. I have about three different alarms to wake me up in the morning, so at night when I check to make sure they’re active I check to make sure the BC alarm is set as well.
Post # 5
Thanks. I have a daily reminder set. I decided to use a reminder instead of an alarm because sometimes I’m at work at the time I take my pill, and I don’t want the alarm to sound. And then, as you both said, there’s the problem of the alarm not going off if I’m on a call. (I take my pill at 10 p.m., so checking before bed to make sure it’s set to go off in the morning wouldn’t work for me.)
Post # 6
I’ve been taking my pill at the same time (9 pm) for over 10 years now. I’d just try to get into the habit. You won’t always have your phone by your side.
I have missed a pill before, but as long as you don’t miss more than one in a row, I think you’re pretty safe. I think you just double up… whatever the instructions say lol.
Even on the week where I’m off the pill I’m always like “oh it’s 9 pm, pill time!”… I just don’t forget. I think forming a habit is key.
Post # 7
What is the reminder you currently use? I use an app to remind me to take my BC and it’s called “myPill Birth Control Reminder.” If you search for “birth control reminder” on iPhone, it should be the first choice and it’s free to download. So far it has been reliable for me (I’ve been using it for 4 months). You just have to be sure that all the settings are accurate for you before starting and if you want to be reminded to take the placebo pills, you have to change the setting (it automatically is set to not remind you on those days). I think you can upgrade to a fancier version of the app for like $0.99 or $1.99 in which you can set it specific to your type of BC and other cool things. But I do agree with the previous posters that said it’s easier when you make a habit of it because I have been guilty of just clearing the alarm on my phone if I was busy at the time, and in turn missing my pill