... or are you still just as protected if you take it around the time you go to bed everyday?
To get the utmost protection from the medication, you should really try to take it around the same time each day. So, for example, you pick 7pm, you would want to try to take it anywhere from 6pm to 8 pm and this would be considered "on time". If you are occasionally a little earlier or later but still take one pill a day, it does reduce the effectiveness slightly but not by a great deal. When you go more than 25 hours between pills, it can reduce the effectiveness some and that does increase the chances you could get pregnant. No birth control method is 100% effective but when birth control pills are taken perfectly, they can be 99-99.9% effective. Some women are very, very fertile and one missed pill can cause them to release an egg and become pregnant. This is not a usual occurrence but you wont know how fertile you are until it happens so it is best to treat everyone as if they are ultra fertile. To get the most protection out of your birth control pills, you should try to take them as close to your decided time as often as you can.
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