Tips for Safely Storing the Birth Control Pill

tips for safely storing the birth control pills

tips for safely storing the birth control pills

The birth control pill, similar to most prescription medications, requires being stored safely to maintain integrity and efficiency.  You may feel keeping your pill pack in your purse or in the bathroom cabinet is the ideal solution; however those two places could be the worst options for storing the tablet. Before you buy birth control pill, it may be essential to rethink how to store the tablet carefully. The most common threat to contraceptive tablet integrity is temperature; however humidity also plays a vital role. Nearly all contraceptive pills suggest storage in-between 68°- 77°.

The Bathroom:

You might feel that the bathroom cabinet is safe place to store the medicine.  In fact, the bathroom cabinet is one of the worst places to store the pill. There is always an increase in the bathroom’s humidity and temperature. Humidity is nothing more than water in the air and water can affect how your birth control pill works. Continually fluctuating temperatures can also cause a problem.

Solutions: Stock up your tablets in a hall or kitchen cabinet. Select a cabinet that is both dry and safe within temperatures. You have to ensure that no kitchen cabinet is directly above the stove or oven.
Road Trips in summer or winter:

Packing for road trip involves putting all important drugs in your purse, which would be with you overnight. While on a road trip, the luggage usually, ends up either in the trunk or, on the top of the car. Even if the trip is just for a few hours, heat, or cold can render the birth control ineffective or change how hormones are delivered to the body.

Solution: Store the pill in the passenger portion of your car. If you leave the vehicle for a longer period, carry the tablet along with you.

Baggage areas are not temperature controlled. If you are flying, they may be stored at temperatures above 77° from the time your bag is checked until the time you get back at your final destination.

Solution: Store your contraceptive pills in your purse, backpack of keep-going luggage.
Shopping in winter or summer:

Normally, you have a tendency of traveling straight home from the medical store, but do remember to carry your birth control in the car along with you at home. Extreme cold or high heat can reduce the effectiveness of your contraception.

Solution: Carry your contraceptive medicines with you in your purse or cease off at home and drop off your tablets before running chores.
 Special Consideration:

If you will be taking a long hiking and camping trip, you must speak with the prescribing doctor about changing your contraceptive. Tablets will lose its effectiveness if left out in extremely high or low temperatures and there is no protection in nature. Optional contraceptive methods may be suggested to maintain protection.