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Can I be pregnant?

By November 30, 2015 - 11:04am
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I have been on pills for the last two months without missing a pill. My last period was on mid-October, I had spotting two weeks ago but ignored it. Thinking if I haven't missed any pills, I should be safe. I made love on last Wednesday night (without condom). However, I had dark blood bleeding on Wednesday, which has continued till now. I am also feeling unwell since then. I continued taking the pill today thinking that it should kill any sperm, which could be there between 3-5 days. I am also having anxiety for the fear of pregnancy but I haven't missed any pill the past two months.

Should I stop taking the pill this week (I have one more week left) before the inactive pills start or stop the pills and let the periods start? Is there a possibility of pregnancy?

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Hi NIdhi,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

If you haven't missed any pills then your risk for pregnancy is very low.  Also, since you have only been on birth control for 2 month, I suspect your body is adjusting to the newly introduces hormones. Some women may notice minor changes when first starting the pill like:

  • Breast tenderness or fullness
  • Nausea-taking pills with food should help; call the clinic if vomiting is a problem
  • Spotting (breakthrough bleeding) - does not mean there is something wrong with you or that the pill is too strong or weak for you
  • Very short and light periods - some women will have only a drop of blood or brown smear on a pad, tampon, or underwear. It is normal for some women to miss a period completely or have no bleeding (see pill instructions for missed period)
  • Weight gain/fluid retention - usually not greater than 5 pounds. A healthy diet, less intake of salty foods and regular exercise will help
  • Acne - a few women may have an acne flare-up
  • Mood changes - usually mild and temporary

Do not stop taking the pill.  When taken correctly, birth control is up to 99.9% effective.  The likelihood of you being pregnant is very low, but the quickest way to rule out pregnancy is to take a home pregnancy test.

I hope this helps.

Be well,


November 30, 2015 - 1:31pm
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