I am on birth control, but sometimes I don’t always take it at the same time that I should. Can I still get pregnant?

Great question!

This question really depends on what type of birth control you are taking. In order for your hormonal birth control method to work, there are different guidelines that you will need to follow for each method. If you are taking…

  1. Birth Control Pills (estrogen, progesterone, and a combination of both)-  you need to take one pill every day at the same time
  2. Birth Control Patch (Ortho Evra)- you need to change the patch the same day every week
  3. Birth Control Ring (Nuvaring)- you need to put in a new ring at the same time every month
  4. Birth Control Shot (Depo Provera)- you need to see a medical professional to receive the shot every 3 months

In order for hormonal birth control pills to work correctly, we recommend that patients take them within the same hour every day.  If you are following these instructions, you are taking your pills the right way.   If you aim for the same time every day, you will keep your birth control as effective as possible.

If you are using the pill, patch, ring, or shot and you are not taking them when it’s recommended, you will not be protected from pregnancy. If you take your method correctly and consistently, you can be up to 99% protected from pregnancy! So make sure that you are either taking your method correctly, or that you come in to talk with a medical provider and talk about a method that might work better for you!

Remember also that birth control does not prevent against STIs. Teen clinic recommends using condoms 100% of the time to reduce the risk of infection and serve as a backup pregnancy prevention method.

Contact Teen Clinic to learn more about your pills, patch, ring, shot, or any other method you might be interested in. 303-442-5160.