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Is the Birth Control pill still effective, if you take it two hours after the time you are supposed to take it?
If you take your pill two hours late it’s still effective. Most women use combined-hormone pills. They contain both estrogen and progestin. They must be taken once a day, but they don’t need to be taken at the same time every day.
However, if you are taking progestin-only pills, it’s best to take them at the same time every day. They may be a lot less effective if you take them more than three hours later than usual. If this happens, you should use a backup method of birth control, like a latex or female condom for the next two days. (For example, if you’ve been taking your pill at noon, but you forget to take it until after 3:00 p.m., you should take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take the rest of the pack on schedule. And use a backup method for 48 hours after taking the late pill. Start the next pill on time.
Check out this chart to see what to do if you forget a pill or two.