Lutera - Do I need to take my pill at the same exact time everyday, otherwise it won't be as?
Question posted by sara lee on 8 Feb 2012
Last updated on 8 February 2012
My doctor told me to take my pill at the same time everyday. Does this mean general same time, give or take an hour or two? Or does it need to be exact? I've read that some birth control is more sensitive than others when it comes to the time frame for taking them, so sometimes the birth control is ineffective if you don't take it at the same exact time everyday. Is Lutera one of these?
Sara, do your best to take it at the same time each day. An hour or so each way doesnt make much difference if it is occasional. Try not to let more than 24 hours go by between doses but dont freak out if you are an hour or two late on occasion. A few women are very sensitive (and fertile) and being late could theoretically cause these certain women to ovulate but that is rare. If you pick, say, 5pm as the time you take your Pill, if you take it between 4:30pm and 5:30pm, you can consider yourself on time. The closer to the same time of day you take it the better the Pill works. If you are sporadic every day, the Pill is less effective than if you take it every day at the same time. An occasional late tablet is unlikely to cause a pregnancy. If you miss a Pill and it is the next day when you remember, take 2 Pills that day but be sure to use back up for seven days after and take them all on time. If you are only an hour or two late and it has only happened once that month then dont worry, you should be fine. Does that help? Of course, if you want absolute protection, and you are sporadic in your times then use condoms too. That way you know you are better protected.
It is important that you take Lutera every day and at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
Take care, best wishes!
- Lutera information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Lutera (detailed)
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