12:46 pm - 05/26/2018

started new bc pack a little late-help!

Last Sunday, I was going to take my first pill of my new birth control pill pack, and realized I must of stupidly thrown out my next three packs when I was cleaning.(I know, dumb move! Ugh!) I had to work the next day, so after work I went to the pharmacy and they were able to get me a new pack. I took the first one as soon as I got home. It was less than 24 hours late(I think 14 hours late).
My husband and I had sex last night and this morning, no condoms. I have been reading different things. The instructions on the packet said that no other protection is needed if you miss one pill, as long as you take it as soon as you can. While stuff on line says protection is needed the first 7 days after. We didn't wait 7 days, but it was close to it.

Coud someone tell me if I need emergency birth control or if I am okay?

I take Portia and I haven't missed any before then.
shamayim 26th-May-2018 07:57 pm (UTC)
Check ovulation charts online from your last period it should tell you when you are ovulating. I have been told to not have sex the first 7 days when you first start taking it. You can also just skip the placebo pills to a new pack if you don't want your period.
archangelbeth 27th-May-2018 03:54 am (UTC)
If the OP has been taking pills -- just got this one a bit late -- there will be no ovulation on a schedule. (Breakthrough ovulation can happen, yes. And being late starting a new pack is one of the ways that it is more likely.)

OP! You are probably ok. Most people do not have extremely energetic ovaries, especially if you have been on hormonal birth control for some time. If you are extremely worried and can afford Plan B for peace of mind... Peace of mind is also important. There might be additional side effects from adding more hormones to the mix, plus the rise-and-fall of the Plan B hormones is very likely to trigger a withdrawal bleed (even while you're on the usual pill, and I would strongly recommend you stay on it).

I'd probably fret low-level about it for a month and then be relieved by a withdrawal bleed, or paranoidly take a pregnancy test. O:> (Test no earlier than 19 days after the sex in question; while false positives are rare if you test "early," false negatives are more common.)

Good luck!
actorgrl04 29th-May-2018 03:16 am (UTC)
Thanks Aarchangel! I have been taking pills for years, though have been on this for 4-5 months now and have had breakthrough bleeding a little bit since I started, but was told that is normal.

I wasn't completely worried, since I've been on bc for a long time now. But a little worried, as I don't want to be one of those weird cases.

Thanks for the advice!
nathskywalker 26th-May-2018 09:14 pm (UTC)
When i was on hormonal birth control this happened to me more than once and i never got pregnant but i know that's anecdotal. I had been on hbc for 3-4 years by that point if it matters. If this had happened a month into taking the pill, i would have worried more. I'd keep taking the pill as usual until i'm done with the pack, wait a week (or whatever your usual routine between packs is), and take the next one
actorgrl04 27th-May-2018 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks. I've been on the pill( not the same one) for 5 years. This one it's only been 4 months I think. I've been just taking it as usual.
nightwind292 27th-May-2018 12:17 am (UTC)
Internet results are going to be mixed because of the many kinds of pill out there.

The packet will have the correct info. Now, if you don't trust it, and are still worried, that's something else(and we've got people with advice for that situation too, just not me).

Edited at 2018-05-27 12:25 am (UTC)
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