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Could I be pregnant if I take a pill 9 hours late?
I've been on Loestrin 24Fe, for about a year now. This month, after my period last month (which was normal) my boyfriend and I stopped using condoms. So it's the first week of my cycle. On Sunday, I took the pill at 1 AM Sunday morning. On Monday, I did the same thing. (I had sex twice on Sunday and Monday during the daytime). Then, on Tuesday, I forgot to take it at 1 AM Tuesday morning, and instead I took it at 10:30 AM Tuesday morning. I didn't miss 24 hours, just 9 hours. But I'm still worried. My pharmacist and the insert for the birth control says I do not need to use a condom today at all, but I called the nurse at the gynecologist's office and she says that not only do I have to use a condom today, but I have to use a condom all month, because I "broke the cycle". Who is right? I'm really scared and I don't know what to do. So my questions are:
1.) When do I have to use a condom? Do I have to use one not at all, today, all month, etc?
2.) Is there a higher chance that I am already pregnant? Within the 9 hours that I missed the pill I did not have sex at all.
Its NEVER Wrong to use condoms--they ALWAYS provide a little extra security!
So it is possible that this is why the nurse told you to do that--they are always super extra cautious on the call in lines!
If my patient asked me this question, I would tell her--You are probably OK. I usually don't recommend using a back up method unless there has been more than one missed pill in the cycle. When I do recommend a back up, I recommend it for the duration of the cycle.
So, I doubt you are pregnant, and I would suspect you can get away without using condoms, but there are no guarantees in this business, so it never hurts to take a test (definitely do if you miss your period!) I DON"T recommend stopping pills ever unless the pregnancy test is positive--that will only mess you up for next cycle!
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