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Chances of being pregnant

By Anonymous September 19, 2014 - 7:52am
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So I stopped using birth control. I was off birth control for about month and half but went back on it after I had my period because cramps are a pain. So I took the Day 1-3 pills but then I went to my parents house and completely forgot to take them. During this time I was bleeding. So since more than 5 days passed, I threw out the old pack and started a new one. I started Friday but on Saturday night, I had sex and it was unprotected...My question is what are the chances of being pregnant because I'm worried. Slim, probably, unlikely? And how soon after can I take a pregnancy test? ( I would like to know ASAP so my anxiety can stop and yes, I know this is a lesson for me)

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for your question.

Your risk of pregnancy depends on two factors- how long your menstrual cycle is normally, and the actual number of days between the end of your period and the day you started the new pack.

If you have a short menstrual cycle, for example 21 days, you can ovulate right after the end of your period. You could potentially ovulate between days 6 to 10 of your menstrual cycle.

Birth control pills work by preventing ovulation. Taking three days of active hormone pills, stopping, and starting again can upset the normal hormonal balance that regulates the menstrual cycle.

Early result pregnancy tests can be taken five days before your expected period. If you are really anxious, consider visiting your gynecologist or a health clinic to have a blood pregnancy test. Levels of hCG, which is the hormone produced only during pregnancy, can be detected in blood about 11 days following conception.

I hope this information is helpful.


September 19, 2014 - 8:20am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Ok, so I had to sort out everything my cycle is normally 28 days. My period started on August 25 and I started a new pack that Friday. August 29- September 7 I took the pills but I kept missing or taking them late. On two days I had to take two pills a day to try to catch up. (I started bleeding on the 6 until the 11) Then Sept 8-11 I didn't take anything so that Friday on the Sept 12- I started a new pack since I kept messing up. Then Saturday the 13 is when I had sex.

I'm normally very good at taking my pills on time, every day but this past month...life got complicated.

September 19, 2014 - 11:54am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

I understand. In general, you are protected against pregnancy if you do not go seven consecutive days without an active hormone birth control pill. I think you should be safe from getting pregnant. But, all you can do is wait for your next period.


September 20, 2014 - 7:31am
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