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I've been taking Lutera for a few months now. I haven't really messed up with the timing except for maybe 10 minutes early/late. I usually take it every night 8:30 PM but sometimes I might take it 10 minutes before or after that time. Is it still effective and is it ok to have sex without condoms?
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replied December 14th, 2009
your fine if your only 10 minutes off. i took birthcontrol for almost two years and never got the timing right. they tell you that so that your body regulates to it. it's noting to worry about. it's okay to have sex without condoms but i would still use one. you never know about diseases and things like that. and birth control isn't 100% effective about preventing pregnancy. i hope i helped! =]
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replied December 14th, 2009
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This is no problem at all. As long as you take your pill at AROUND the same time every day, you are fine. I used to take my pill every night before I went to bed. Sometimes that was 10 pm, sometimes it was 3 am. Of course, that's not a very good practice, but birth control pills work in a way that raises your hormones over long periods of time. If you forget your pill for a few hours, you will still have sufficient hormone levels to keep you from ovulating.
If you are taking a combined oral contraceptive pill (meaning it contains estrogen and a synthetic form of progesterone) then you actually have a 12 hour window to take your pill before it begins to loose its efficacy. If you are on a progestin-only pill, you only have 3 hours.
I would suggest setting an alarm on your phone or something to remind you to take the pill every day. That way you can never be late!
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