thinktink16 (thinktink16) wrote in vaginapagina,

Perfect use

I've been thinking a lot lately about the "perfect use" label on combined HBC statistics. I understand perfect use to be taking a pill within three hours on either end of the same time every day. However, when you miss a single pill, every instruction manual says that backup birth control isn't necessary, even if you have to take two pills in one day.

Now, why would they tell you that if it doesn't go along with "perfect use"? It seems like a risky statement to tell a woman that she doesn't have to worry about pregnancy if she's actually stepping into the "typical use" category and gaining several percentage points of failure! I understand that 5% isn't that high, but it's definitely higher than some people are comfortable with.

I am on a combined HBC, and although I consistently take it at exactly the same time every day, once every few months, my phone alarm won't go off and I won't remember. I will see the unused pill the next day when I go to take my pill and I'll take two at once. I'm told by the instructions that I don't need to use backup in that situation, so I generally don't. Again, this happens really infrequently, and never in the same month, but it makes me wonder if I'm a "typical" or "perfect" user.

Can anyone offer any insight?
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