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I am stopping the pill after only being on it for 16 days

By Anonymous August 8, 2011 - 11:48am
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Last night was the last time I took the pill and am stopping for good now :) i had sex this morning will i be covered?? also does the fact that i have not been on it long mean the hormones willl leave faster??

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DO i take this as a real period ( so i know when i will ovulate) as in is it 14 days after the withdrawel bleed i am going to ovulate or am i safe until my real periods. Also i started my pill half way through a pack and had sex as soon as i started taking the first one ekkk ( bad advice from a pharmacist) do u think i could have gotten pregnant from that?

August 8, 2011 - 11:59am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)


We cannot tell you what you body is doing right now or if you are going to ovulate.

Starting a pack half way through was very bad and dangerous advice (you need to talk to the Pharmacy about whomever told you that) so with this new piece of information you've given, you need to take precaution from now on and test for pregnancy 2-3 weeks after you last had unprotected sex (since your Pill taking was all wrong in the first place, you can consider the sex you've had since you've been on it as unprotected).

Why did you only go on the Pill for two weeks? The Pill must be prescribed by a doctor - did he or she not explain how it works?


August 8, 2011 - 12:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

I had the pills left over from a while back ( i had a still born about 7 and a half weeks ago and got a period bk exactly 4 weeks after it) i decided to start the pill again so asked if i would be covered and was told i was from 24 hours after taking the first pill. I took a test today and it was negative.

August 8, 2011 - 12:12pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi again

I'm very sorry to read you had a still born.

The Pill is effective immediately only depending on when you start it: the new way of thinking is this - when you start within 5 days of your period starting, you should be protected straight away but if you start at any other time, you must use a back up method for a full seven days. If you started with five days of your period starting then you should be protected from sex you had then but as to the sex you had recently, you may not be. If you get pregnant from that, it would not show up on a pregnancy test yet.

The bottom line is that you can test in 2-3 weeks (if you weren't protected) for pregnancy and use birth control until you test.


August 8, 2011 - 12:24pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for you post!

You may or may not be covered because if you ovulate in the next few days, you could get pregnant from the sex you had today, because sperm can live in a woman's body for up to five days. The likelihood probably isn't as great as if you hadn't been on the Pill at all but the possibility is there.

And yes, the hormones may leave your system sooner since you have only been on it a couple of weeks - you may experience break through bleeding in the next few days - this isn't a confirmation of anything, it's as a result of the hormone withdrawal.


August 8, 2011 - 11:53am
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