Can you change the time you take your birth control pills?

One of the reasons it is recommended to take the pill at the same time each day is to maintain the habit, to minimize the chance of missing a dose and to make it less effective, according to Planned Parenthood. But sometimes your schedule can change, or your timing just doesn’t work for you anymore, and you need to switch to a different time of day.

If you’re on a combination pill, you have a lot of leeway here (via Healthline). This pill can be taken at any time within a 24 hour window. So if you normally take your pill at 8am and want to move it to 7am, you can simply take it at your new time the next morning. But if you want to work a larger shift, like morning to bedtime, then Healthline suggests taking the pill twice a day so you don’t go more than 24 hours without it.

The mini pill is a bit trickier as it has a shorter window of opportunity. If you take it outside of a three hour window, it counts as a missed pill, so you may need to make some small adjustments before you get to your desired timing change. For example, if you normally take it at 7:00 a.m. and want to move it to 9:00 p.m., you have to take it up to three hours later each day until you reach 9:00 p.m

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