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Readers Respond: How Do You Remember When to Take Birth Control Pills?

Responses: 35


Updated August 31, 2009

You may have chosen to use birth control pills as your main method of contraception. When using the pill, it's important to take your birth control pill at the same time each day. Taking the pill daily, at the same time makes it more effective. It may be helpful to pick a time of day to take the pill that can be easy to remember. Many women who use birth control pills (either combination pills or progestin-only pills) report having a hard time sticking to their pill schedule. Do you easily remember when its time to take your pill? If so, what do you do to help you remember when to take birth control pills on time?

pinay pill

Im pinay and i travel to paris a week ago and i take my pill as the same time a take when i am in philippines is there any harm about it as i know that time zone is change...
—Guest mayoush

Mobile pill reminder

I use MedOnTime. It’s android application and it’s for free. Nice app. Reminders work great. I use it daily. Find it on Google play market
—Guest Liz

forgetting my pill

I bought a MED-Q Pill organizer. I set the time and it flashes and beeps every day at the exact time. Makes forgetting or wrong time impossible. I put my vitamins in it so I don't forget then too

keep it with you

I keep it with me in my makeup bag, because its always something I have in my purse. even if i do forget to take it, i have it with me to take ASAP.
—Guest Kimberly

takimg medication on time

not every has a smart phone or iphone thats great but so much easier on itspilltime.com cheap reliable no worries
—Guest mike

no worries

You got to try out itspilltime.com. Its wonderful for this reason or if you have to take any medications. I love this site!

cell phone

I set the alarm on my phone everyday at the same time to remind me to take my BC pill.
—Guest Guest6

Receive a sms

I signed up to http://pill.io about a week ago and so far so good.
—Guest Hannah

My Pill on iPhone

"My Pill by Kaeli Soft" is a free iPhone app really useful. It include an alarm (without internet requirement) and it can be recurrent (like a SMS). Also, you can set from 10 to 28 pills per blister and 0 to 14 days free. It's also useful to see next blister.
—Guest FloMo

I set an alarm

I keep my pills in my wallet so they're always with me. My boyfriend and I both have an alarm set on our phones for 10pm. His phone is three minutes faster than mine, so when his alarm goes off I'll go get a drink, and by the time I get back, my alarm will go off. If we're not together at the moment, he'll usually call me when his alarm goes off.
—Guest Terry

Remembering to take birth control pill

I have a daily alarm set to go off at 1:30pm everyday by setting it as an appointment on my cell phone calendar
—Guest Central MN Mom

I just remember...

Like a lot of other people, I do have an alarm set up. I used it a lot when I was in Europe and the time zone was 7 hours ahead. But ever since I got back, I just remember. I glance at my watch and if I see that the time is 9pm or past 9pm I know I have to take the pill in an hour so I keep on checking the time every ten to fifteen minutes. This way by the time 9:50 comes, I get a drink and take my pill at 10pm, sometimes a little earlier. And in the rare case I do forget either my alarm or my husband will remind me at 10pm to take my pill
—Guest Julia


There's a new app for iPhone, "myPill", it's really good - high quality app and it works great. I've already tried the other apps but they don't feel professional and they have many bugs.
—Guest Dan

Cell alarm/ boyfriend reminds me

I have my alarm on my cell set and on the weekends and weekdays my boyfriend asks if I've taken it. It helps that he also knows what the alarm sounds like, and usually hands me the pack if I don't get to it first.
—Guest Nik

set alarm on phone

i set my alarm clock for the time time of night that i will most likely go to bed and set my phone to go off daily at that time. also i keep my pills in my glasses cupboard so it is a constant reminder all day every time i go to my cupboard. also handy to keep my vitamins there and take them all at one with a glass of water right before bed.
—Guest allison
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