I normally take the pill at 10 in the morning but one day I forgot and took it at 7 at night instead…

…before that me and my boyfriend were having unprotected sex. Could I get pregnant?

This is a great question!

The birth control pill is an effective form of hormonal birth control. An important part of this though is that in order for the pill to be effective, it needs to be taken at the same time every day. If the pill is taken at the same time every day, it will be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy!

Some questions you may want to ask yourself when wondering if you are taking your pills correctly might be:

  • Am I taking the pill at the same time every day?
  • Am I missing or skipping any pills?
  • Am I starting my new pack of pills when I’m supposed to?
  • Am I on any other medications that may effect how my pills are working? (an example of this may be antibiotics)

All of these things can influence the effectiveness of your method.

But this doesn’t mean that if you take your pill at a different time one day, that you will not be protected. If you forget to take your pill, you can take it as soon as you remember (like you did in your case). This may reduce the effectiveness slightly, but if you correct the missed pill and if missing or forgetting pills isn’t happening often, you can continue taking the rest of your pill pack and still be 92-99% protected from pregnancy. 

 If this happens more than once though, the effectiveness will go down drastically. If you are finding yourself forgetting to take your pill often, it may be a good idea to think about using a different hormonal method. There are several other hormonal birth control methods that are very effective. You can check those out here.

It’s also important to remember that hormonal birth control methods do not protect you from STIs. Use dental dams and condoms during oral, anal, and vaginal sex to help reduce your risk of STI transmission!

With additional questions or concerns, call us at 303-442-5160 to speak with a nurse or make an appointment.