Birth control pills: they’re a daily commitment. It’s important to take the Pill at the same time every day to prevent pregnancy.
But as a fashion blogger, my schedule is extremely unpredictable. One day I could be working from home in pajamas and the next I could be running to back-to-back meetings on opposite sides of NYC. Not to mention, all of the impromptu photoshoots and spontaneous blogger meetups. There’s a thrill in all the excitement and unexpected outings, but it can also be hectic – which is why I chose to take the Pill nightly.
By contrast, my nightly routine is extremely consistent. I make dinner, wind down, spend time with my husband, and get ready for bed. Coming home after a long day and settling into my nightly routine always feels so good. I welcome the consistency of my nights – and it helps me make my Pill a part of my routine.
I didn’t come to this routine without some trial and error. When I first started taking an oral birth control, I would take the Pill during the day, but I kept running into obstacles. Maybe I would be in a meeting when my phone reminder went off, or maybe I was sitting on the train without a water bottle.
The morning didn’t work either, since I have a habit of sleeping in some days, especially on the weekends. It didn’t take long for me to recognize that taking the Pill at night would be a much better option for my unique lifestyle. So I decided on a time that is late enough that I'm usually home, but early enough that I won't fall asleep before I get a chance to take the Pill. Now I can report: I’m taking it consistently on time!
From the moment I walk in the door after an evening of events, I start unwinding. Once my husband gets home and we eat dinner, we generally cozy up on the couch to watch a sitcom and I always know about 20 minutes in, my alarm will go off to remind me to take my Pill. This reminder kick-starts the rest of my bedtime routine, even if I won’t actually be going to sleep for a few more hours. I wash my makeup off to let my skin breathe, throw on my pajamas to get comfortable and plan my outfit for the next day. The more I do to prepare myself for the next day, the better I sleep that night. I try to maintain this routine even when I travel – which helps me remember to take the Pill on time even while traveling. It’s simply a part of my routine now, exactly as it should be.
The Pill needs to be taken at the same time daily – but you have the flexibility to pick which time works best with your schedule. Whatever you decide, stick to it, and here’s one final piece of advice: a reminder alert on your phone never hurts!
Esther Santer is a paid influencer for Allergan, and the opinions stated above are her own.