Teens often tell me they forget to take their birth-control pills (BCPs), sometimes as often as three or more times per cycle. However, I notice that they never seem to forget their cell phones.

Prior to leaving the exam room, I instruct patients taking BCPs to set the alarm feature on their phones for the time they plan to take their pill. This intervention can be used for other medications and treatment plans as well. — Vanilla Brooks, MN, FNP, Wilmington, Calif. (157-11)

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