Combined Pill - When to take and when you're protected



Hi @Dr_Paula,

I started taking the combined pill last Wednesday
which was the first day of my period. How many days is it before I am protected?

Also, what is the window within which this pill should be taken every day? Must it be taken at exactly the same time each day or can it be taken roughly around the same time ie. within an hour window of the original time?



Hi @sadie

Many thanks for your question.

If you start the combined pill on the first day of your period then you are covered for contraception from that day.

The pill should be taken within 24 hours of the same time every day. So if you usually take it at 9am then you need to take it before 9am the next day.

Here are some tips on how to remember:

Here is a video on what to do if you miss a pill:

Many thanks



Hi @Dr_Paula,

Thanks for this and your responses to my other queries.

These were all very helpful.


Hi Sadie
Many thanks for the feedback.
Glad that it was helpful.