Using the Pill

Daylight Saving Time and Your Birth Control Pill

November 7, 2018

It is very important to remember that you will have maximum pregnancy protection as long as you take your birth control pill in about the exact same time every day (this is the case for both progestin-only pills and combo tablets ).  If you take the pill at precisely the exact same time each day, it enables there to be sufficient hormone (estrogen or progestin) on your system to save you from ovulating.

Should you forget to take a pill or choose one in a later or earlier time, the Pill may become less powerful –this is because there may be inadequate hormones in your body. Thus, in regards to Daylight Saving Time, don’t forget about your pill.

When Daylight Saving Time Starts

When Daylight Saving Time goes into effect, make sure to”spring ahead” and set your clocks one hour ahead. Most medical professionals agree that there’s about a 1-hour into 2-hour window interval where the effectiveness of your birth control pill is not compromised. This implies that in case you take your tablet computer anywhere from an hour earlier than you normally do until an hour later than your regular pill time, the Pill should still work just fine. So, when Daylight Saving Time starts, you might still take your pill at precisely the exact same time which you normally would.

If you take your pill at your regular time, your body is only going to feel as though you are one hour early with your hormone dose.

As there’s medical agreement that taking the Pill one hour sooner than usual is fine, it’s fine to just continue taking your tablet at your usual time (and not correct for Daylight Saving Time). Should you always take it in 10 p.m., continue taking it in 10 p.m.

If you’d rather be super-cautious, then it could be better to adjust your pill-taking time.

This means, in the start of Daylight Saving Time, change time you take your pill to what would have been your typical time. Should you always take it at 10 p.m., take it at 11 p.m.

Really want to maintain your”usual” time? After your placebo week is over and you begin a new pack of pills, you can go back to taking them at your”regular” period –for example 10 p.m.

What About When Daylight Saving Time Is Over?

When Daylight Saving Time is finished (and the clock is moved back one hour), it might be wise and simply adjust your tablet usage. Take your pill one hour earlier than you normally would. You can always go back to taking the Pill in your”regular” time when you start your next pack of pills (following the placebo week is finished ).

Daylight Savings Time and Reminders to Take Your Pill

Although taking your tablet an hour before or later generally does not matter, taking your pill one hour before (as opposed to one hour later than normal ), is a slightly better option. Additionally, in regards to Daylight Saving Time, keep in mind that computer software programs and smartphones will generally –but not always–automatically upgrade the time. If you rely upon a reminder email/text, your cellphone’s alert, or a birth control program to let you take your tablet computer, ensure your devices have adjusted time for the beginning or end of Daylight Saving Time.

What Is Daylight Saving Time?

Since World War I, Daylight Saving Time has been used in the United States and in several European nations. During Daylight Saving Time, you advance your clocks throughout the spring/summer weeks by a single hour. This allows daylight to last an hour longer. Places that follow Daylight Saving Time will move their clocks ahead 1 hour close to the beginning of spring and adjust them back to regular time in fall. You will see the terms”spring forward” and”fall back” when speaking to this.

Daylight Saving Time: A Brief History

Daylight Saving Time wasn’t formally adopted in the US until 1918–on March 19, 1918, a formal announcement was made with the goal to preserve daylight and supply regular time for america.

After World War I ended, the invoice wasn’t very popular, and President Wilson ended the billbut let each state to choose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time (and if it started and ended). This produced a great deal of confusion. To be able to create one pattern across the nation, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act of 1966 to law on April 12, 1966. This law established a uniform interval to observe Daylight Saving Time while also allowing any nation to be exempt from the Uniform Time Act by passing a state lawenforcement.

When Do We Observe Daylight Saving Time?

Most of the U.S. begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and extends back to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the spring, clocks”spring forward” out of 1:59 a.m. into 3 a.m.–at the fall, clocks”fall back” out of 1:59 a.m. into 1 a.m. Every time zone in the U.S. switches in another moment. These states and US territories do NOT observe Daylight Saving Time:

  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • The Virgin Islands
  • The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

The beginning and ending of Daylight Saving Time may sometimes be confusing and might cause problems when traveling, with sleep, and/or with taking medication (such as the Pill).

A Word From Verywell

If it comes to Daylight Saving Time, there is actually no motive to become too anxious about adjusting if you take your pill. As long as you are taking your tablet computer in a hour when you usually do, set your worries away! The most important point to bear in mind is that you will have maximum security so long as you take the pill at about the exact same time every day.