Can I take my pill at an earlier time and still have it be effective? Anyone have any thoughts?

Can I take my pill at an earlier time and still have it be effective? Anyone have any thoughts?

SMichelle SMichelle
Okay, so I usually take my pill around 10pm (+ or - an hour or so), but I would like to switch it so that I take it a bit earlier. You see, I'm going to be in the UK next week... which is a 5 hour time difference. If I keep taking it at my usual time, that means I'll be having to take my pill at 3am, when I'll be sleeping.

I'd like to get it so that I can take the pill in the morning instead of night, but I'm worried that changing it may make it so that the pill is not effective.

Any advice?
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evie.amor evie.amor
I'd take it an hour earlier each day before you leave. The pill effects everyone differently so I can't advise you with complete confidence. I can say that I used to miss a day all the time and double up the next day, or take it at completely different times of the day. I never got pregnant, even when I was having sex regularly. This being said, a friend of mine was a pill baby and so was her mother. I'd say if you have success with the pill, then you'll be fine taking it an hour earlier.
01/09/2013
indiglo indiglo
You might put a call into your pharmacist about this. (I'd call the pharmacist rather than the doctor, because pharmacists know medications, and sometimes/often know individual medications better than the doctors do!)

Each pill formulation is different, and it will matter more or less depending on the specific formulation you're on. With certain formulations the time of taking it matters a LOT, and with others you have a lot of leeway. From what I understand it matters how much of which hormones is actually in your specific pill as to whether or not it matters when you take it.
01/09/2013
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
You might put a call into your pharmacist about this. (I'd call the pharmacist rather than the doctor, because pharmacists know medications, and sometimes/often know individual medications better than the doctors do!)

Each pill ...
This is also my advice. The formulas are so varied these days...better to be safe than sorry.
01/09/2013
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