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Will Taking Sprintec Erratically Make It Less Effective?

I've been on the Pill for 6th months with this packet being my 6th. I am on holiday and because of that, have not been able to take my pill at the exact same time every day. I try to take it at 5.30p.m daily, and will do so for a few days at a time but then, will have something come up and wind up taking it between 1 and 1.5 hours late. I have taken it about 2 hours late at least twice this month but have never actually forgotten to take a pill. I have no way to contact my Doctor to ask.

Please spare me the condom talk if you do not mind. I am in a monogamous relationship. =)
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replied January 8th, 2013
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The effective protection from your birth control pills might not be present, and you can be at risk for pregnancy if you have messed up your regular birth control pill intake, or have missed taking 2 or more than 2 active pills, or taken them late by more than 2-3 hours on 2 or more than 2 occasions. If you had been sexually active without back-up protection, chances of pregnancy are possible. Wait and watch for your periods/withdrawal bleeding. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Stop the use of hormonal contraceptive pills if pregnancy is suspected, or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
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