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Could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous August 15, 2016 - 7:34am
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I completely forgot to take my pill on Saturday Sunday I took those two and my Monday one all together but I had unprotected sex with my parter Saturday Sunday and Monday night.. Now I'm a little worried, if I miss a pill I usually bleed the next day but I haven't bled at all and now I feel like I have cramps but there not my normal ones these ones really hurt is there any chance I could be pregnant?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with one of the most frequently asked questions.

To be fully effective, birth control pills need to be taken correctly. Missing even a few doses greatly increases your chances of pregnancy. While only 0.1 percent of women get pregnant when using the pill properly, pregnancy rates soar by 30-80 times when pills are missed.

Anonymous, you did the right thing by making up for the two missed doses. But, you should have used a backup method of protection when you had intercourse.

The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals recommend, "Use a back-up. Because of the missed pills, you have a much greater chance of getting pregnant. So even though you’re back on schedule, you also need to use a back-up method of contraception — like a condom, or spermicide — for the rest of your cycle."

Did this happen at the beginning of a new pack? If so, the chance for pregnancy was high. Otherwise, you can either talk with your gynecologist or just wait it out. See if you have any bleeding during the week of inactive pills.


August 15, 2016 - 8:32am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for replying it was the start of the second week I'm going to stop taking it and if I don't get my monthly friend im going to wait and see my doctor

August 15, 2016 - 10:30pm
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