Daylight Savings Time and Your Birth Control

Twice a year, the time changes for most of the United States. This means, twice a year women all over the country worry how the time change will alter their birth control schedule. The truth is, this hardly changes anything. Most birth control pills have a one to two hour window period where effectiveness is not compromised. If you take your pill at the same time that you normally would, technically, your body will feel as if you were one hour early taking the pill. To be safe, we suggest taking your pill one hour earlier rather than one hour later than usual.

Bottom line: Daylight Savings Time will not alter the effectiveness of your birth control. Continue to take it at the same time each day. For example: if you took it at 7 am before time changed, continue to take it at 7am after the time change. The hour will hardly make a difference.