Jan 17, 2024

5 Tips to Remember to Take Your Birth Control Pill

Tips to remember to take birth control with pill pack and alarm clock

When it comes to birth control, there are many different types you can choose. The birth control pill is a wonderful way to prevent pregnancy and is 99% effective with perfect use. But people aren’t perfect, and sometimes it’s easy to skip a pill – so in reality, the pill is about 93% effective. The more consistently you take your birth control pill every day, the better it will work, so it’s crucial to find a birth control method that works for you.  

Whether it’s first thing in the morning or as you’re getting into bed for the night, the important thing to remember is consistency! Here are a few easy tips to help you remember to take your birth control on time. 

Keep your pills at eye level 

Store your birth control pills in a place where you know that you’ll see them every day for a visual reminder to remember to take them. Next to your nightstand is a great place to keep them. You should avoid storing them in the bathroom because the humidity from the shower can alter their effectiveness. 

Combine taking your birth control pill with another daily habit 

Just like anything else in life, consistency is key. If you’re an early bird, you can add your birth control to your morning routine right after you wash your face or put on your SPF. For our night owls, we suggest taking your birth control pill after you brush your teeth or as you start your wind-down routine.   

Set a reminder on your phone  

If you really struggle with remembering your birth control, we suggest setting a recurring reminder on your phone – but don’t press snooze! If you find yourself snoozing your reminder, you should check out our app, Spot On. It’s a birth control reminder and cycle tracking app all in one! 

Write it down on your to-do list 

Sometimes, it helps your brain remember things better if you physically write something down. If you’re big into journaling, we suggest adding “take my birth control on time” to your daily to-do list! Or you can even try writing on a sticky note and sticking it to your mirror along with your other daily affirmations. 

Find a friend to be your birth control buddy 

We’re all about the power of community to help uplift one another! Reach out to one of your besties and help keep each other accountable on your reproductive journeys.  

Above all, do whatever works to help you take your pill on time, every time! Depending on where you live, you may be able to order and refill your birth control pills online through the Planned Parenthood Direct app. Download now to get started and never miss a pill again! 

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