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taking the pill at different times effect the protection?

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I have been on the pill for a while now, probably about a year. I am currently taking tri-sprintec. I take the pill every day, however I do not take the pill at the same time every day. I try to remember to take the pill when i wake up each morning but that time changes and sometimes i forget and I have to take it when I get home hours later. On top of taking the pill, I my boyfriend and I also use the pull out method. Does taking the pill at different times each day effect the effectiveness of the pill? I'm worried!!

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replied August 4th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A25721
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If you fail to take the birth control pill more than 2-3 hours late from the schedule time on more than 2 occasions than you can be at risk for pregnancy (as you will not be protected) due to loss of efficacy of the pills. Pullout method is associated with highest failure rates and can lead to pregnancy. Consider taking pills regularly at scheduled time (keep reminder) or use additional protection if having intercourse to remain protected.
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