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Can I be at risk for not taking my birth control?

By Anonymous March 3, 2010 - 5:31pm
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I've been on birth control for almost 3yrs. I use to take Yasmine for a couple of months then switched to Ocella because it was cheaper. My birth control was expired on Feb. 1,2010. I am now waiting for my birth control to be sent...it seems like i'll be missing more than a few days with out my birth control. So far one day with out it! but that's not all...after my period was done I had sex the next day...am I at risk? Even if I did take my last pill that day...?

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So as I understand it, this is the order of things:

* you were taking birth control pills
* you got your period
* the day after your period ended, you took your last pill
* you also had sex that day
* but you haven't had unprotected sex since

is that right?

If that's the case, I feel fairly certain in saying that you're safe from a pregnancy. First, since you had just had your period, you probably were nowhere near ovulation yet (I am assuming that your cycle with the pills is 28 days long). Second, you did take a pill the day you had sex.

So I would think that as long as you have not had unprotected sex since then, you're not pregnant. But you need to be really careful now, while you're waiting for your pills to arrive, as this is about the time that you are probably ovulating. Sex this month should definitely NOT be unprotected. Use a condom until your pills get here and until you are 7 days into a new pack, OK?

March 4, 2010 - 10:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Thank you for your response! I received my tablets the next day...although they are not Ocella pills, switched to Microgestin. My Doctor prescribed it to me, not sure why?
I have not had unprotected sex since that day... so, I hope I am safe.

March 6, 2010 - 11:35pm
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There is a difference between the pills you were expecting, and the pills that your doctor prescribed to you. I'm surprised your doctor did not talk with you about this different prescription, but I assume s/he talked with you about your symptoms, and felt that the Ocella was not needed (however...s/he should have still talked with you about what your new prescription is!)

Ocella contains estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (drospirenone), and this combination not only prevents pregnancy, but also treats moderate acne and PMDD. PMDD is a severe form of PMS, so unless you are experiencing PMS symptoms plus anxiety or other conditions, this birth control would most likely not be a good match.

Microgestin contains estrogen (same type as above) and a progestin (norethindrone), whose combination prevents pregnancy. (It is not marketed as also treating acne or PMS/PMDD, although many hormonal birth controls do help with acne).

Does this help?

March 7, 2010 - 8:54am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Yes, thank you so much.

March 8, 2010 - 10:25pm
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