why does birth control need to be taken at the same time every day? If you take it randomly what happens?
It really doesn’t need to be taken at the same time every day. As long as you take one each day, you’re going to be absolutely fine.
Doctors suggest taking it at the same time so that the patient can get into the habit of taking them every day, and it makes patients more mindful of their meds.
Dr here, it’s because drugs have an optimal live during the blood streams, lets say 8hours… if you take pills too early it is more easy for you to have side effects because the dose accumulates, in the other hand if you take pills too late the effect will be sub-therapeutic (not very effective).
Btw, NEVER take 2 pills at the same time (more pills= bad), if you forget a dose, just take the pill you forgot and wait for the next time
For more info just google therapeutic curves
Sorry for my English 🙂
Every month, a female’s uterus prepares for a potential baby. Hormones (FSH and LH) are released by the glands in the brain to (1) tell the uterus to thicken into a “nest” for implantation and also (2) tell eggs to mature and later be released. At the end of the cycle, if there is no sperm and egg implanting a baby into the “nest”, all the hormones drop suddenly. As a result, the uterus gets rid of the old nest and the woman has a period.
Birth control pills contain hormones (progesterone and estrogen) that prevents release of the brain gland hormones (FSH and LH). As a result, (1) and (2) above do not happen. The woman’s egg does not get released, hence “birth control”. Also, the woman’s periods are lighter because the “nest” isn’t built.
It is ideal to take a “drug” at the same time each day because it helps the level of “drug” in your system stay consistent. Say you took a pill at 12 AM one night and then 7 AM the next. This would mean that at 7 AM, you still have some of the “12 AM drug” in your system as it has not been fully processed by your liver and/or peed out yet. If pills are taken too far apart, your body may notice a drop in hormones. Remember, a drop in hormones results in the uterus shedding its “nest” (aka a period)… so some women may have spotting in this case.
Birth control pills suppresses hormones in your brain which tell your ovaries to release an egg. It does this by tricking your brain into thinking that there are enough hormones present already and it doesn’t have to make more. This is a time-released closed system and it covers you for a specific number of hours, so taking the pill at the same time every day is optimal and will prevent extreme highs and lows of the synthetic hormones and your own body’s hormone signals from conflicting with one another and becoming confused about who’s doing what, when.
The pill makes your body think it’s pregnant so, no egg. If you mess that timeline up, your natural processes will quickly take over again.
Most meds are most effective if taken at the same time each day. Birth control can be less effective if not taken right