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First 3 days of "minipill" switching from combined birth control pills, unprotected sex ok?

By Anonymous February 9, 2011 - 3:55am
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I've been on normal birth control pills for 4 years or so. I take my pills on time every single day. On my period I usually just skip the sugar pills. I was put on the progesterone only pill because of my high blood pressure. I started them after my period week of sugar pills from the old pack so my cycle hasn't really been interrupted at all. So far I've taken the progesterones on time for 3 days. I had unprotected sex, should I be ok? I always take my pills on time. I heard the progesterone only pill is only slightly less effective in preventing pregnancy than the combined pill and that you should use backup when switching pills at least for a week... Please tell me if I should be concerned or not? Can you compare the combined pill and the mini pill for me so I can understand it better? Thank you.

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Oh, I was also wondering about...

With the combined pill, how many women with perfect use get pregnant compared to how many women get pregnant with perfect use just using just the mini pill? (pill only for both groups)

I'd really like to find some statistics on this but can't seem to find my answer... I think it maybe be like 2 out of 200 for combined pills?

February 19, 2011 - 2:01am
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It's me again, update... I've been definitely watching what I eat and exercising more. The first week of the mini pill made my stomach feel awful, like it was stomped on. If I was ever hungry it was at it's worst so I had to make sure to eat something with the pill.

I have another question... I've been taking these pills for about 2 weeks+ now and yesterday and today I'm bleeding like I'm on my period but my period isn't for another two weeks... Is this normal? I know spotting would be normal but it's more than just a few spots. It surprised me to say the least.

Please let me know. Thanks.

February 19, 2011 - 1:55am

Hi Anon,

Thank you for your question! When starting a new pack of any birth control pill, you should be protected by an alternative method for at least a week. Your chances of getting pregnant are still less than that of a woman who had unprotected sex because you were still partially protected by the pill-- however, no guarantees. You can continue to take your mini pills and if you miss a period buy a home pregnancy test.

As far as your question about being able to go back to combined pills-- It is likely that being overweight and your diet are the main culprits for the high blood pressure. If you are making it a point to lose weight and eat healthier then in the future your doctor can and may decide to try combination pills with you again while monitoring your BP.

Here is a question not exactly like yours but similar: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/am-i-protected

Good Luck!

February 9, 2011 - 7:04am
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I'd also like to add that I don't smoke or drink. I'm in my twenties. I'm overweight, 300 lbs. with a history of diabetes in my family. My blood pressure was high not only because of the combined pill but because of my diet and lack of exercise, which I've definitely taken action about! Since the pill switch I've been eating right and exercising but it's going to take time... Will I ever be able to go back to combined pills?

February 9, 2011 - 4:22am
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