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could i be pregnant even while actively taking my birth control?

By July 25, 2010 - 6:08pm
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I had my period June 11th. I wasn't sure whether to count my recent period on the 5th of this month, because I did not start to get a normal flow until the 10th ; which is usually when I would get my period (I am on a 28 day low dose birth control. ) Then on July 15th of this month and yesterday, the 23rd, we had unprotected sex, but did not finish on both days (he did not ejaculate). I have not missed any pills this month. And the only month I had missed 2 consecutive pills was back in May of this year. I know that the rate for getting pregnant off of "precum" is much less than if we were to go all the way, and unprotected. Although I am on bcp, and have been taking them properly, I was wondering if I had a higher risk of pregnancy at this point, especially since my bcp is a low dose pill. Thank you for all your help

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Thank you soo much Alison and Christine! I very much appreciate your help. My worries are all gone thanks to empowher! =)

July 26, 2010 - 9:04am

As Alison stated, all birth control pills are just as effective as the next. According to the Planned Parenthood website, the only thing that could make a birth control pill less effective is if the person taking it is obese. There also are considerations for whether you are on a combination pill or a progesterone-only pill (which I don't think you are). Combination pill has shown to be more effective for most women. It also helps if you take it regularly and at the same time every day. As Alison also said, since you are "doubling up" on your birth control using two methods (pill and withdrawal), you are safe. Here is the Planned Parenthood link, check out the "pill effectiveness" question by clicking on the + sign:
Let us know if you have any further questions, and good luck to you. Hope this all helps.

July 26, 2010 - 8:19am
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thank you soooo much!! this really relieves my nerves. what I forgot to mention was that my pill is actually the ultra low. i was put on yaz, but had been changed over to a generic because of some recall I think? does this information change anything you have said above? I'm worried about the ultra low still being a factor =/

July 25, 2010 - 9:29pm

Your low dose birth control is just as effective as higher doses. The amount of estrogen difference is minimal ("ultra low dose" bcp has about 20 mcg of estrogen, compared to "low dose" bcp has about 30-35 mcg of estrogen). They are both 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used consistently and correctly. And, actually...the percentage is 99.999% effective!

Since you are also using the withdrawal method (your partner withdraws his penis during sex, before ejaculating), this method alone is about 70% effective at preventing pregnancy. When combined with other birth control methods (like, the pill), you are well protected against pregnancy.

Please know that they only 100% effective method to prevent pregnancy is not to have sexual intercourse at all, but you are doing everything you can to prevent pregnancy.

It sounds like you DID have a period in July, you just are not sure if it was on the 5th or 10th, correct? You can wait until mid-August, for your next period.

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July 25, 2010 - 6:37pm
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