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I know there is a risk, but should I really be worried?

By Anonymous September 4, 2010 - 8:50pm
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Ok, so I take marvelon 21 BC, and I am a sunday starter. On my last pack, I forgot to take the last two active pills. At the time, I was not sexually active, so it did not seem like a huge concern to me, so I just waited until the next sunday to restart my new pack, and have withdrawl bleeding. So that was about 9 days of no pills. I ended up having unprotected sex the early morning of the sunday, used the withdrawl method too, and took my pill that day, and have been very regular with taking it ever since. I obviously know there is a risk of pregnancy, but what I want to know is how significant of a risk, and since I am still taking my pills currently, if it does happen that I am pregnant, will I still get withdrawl bleeding?

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I will let you know! I had sex just the said time, about 4 days after my "period", the morning i started the new pack, and I will not be having it until this whole situation gets sorted out!!!
Thank you for the help!
Hopefully i'll have good news in two weeks, when this pack is over!

September 5, 2010 - 12:57pm
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Yup, that pretty much answers my question, so I wait, if not withdrawl bleeding in inactive week, then take a test! if I do get the withdrawl bleeding, am I ok then?

September 5, 2010 - 11:06am
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Yes, the withdrawal bleeding that you would expect during the time of your "period" would indicate that you are not pregnant, assuming that you have not had intercourse since the last episode, and that it has been at least 2 weeks since any previous intercourse. There are the rare exceptions that some women have experienced bleeding while they were pregnant, as it is impossible to distinguish "period" bleeding from "withdrawal bleeding" or "breakthrough bleeding".

Let us know when your "period" begins!

September 5, 2010 - 12:10pm

If I am reading your initial question correctly, you had your withdrawal bleeding (also called a period) during the week of inactive pills as you expected.

You had unprotected sex after your withdrawal bleeding/ inactive week of pills, correct?

If that is correct, you would need to wait until your next week of inactive pills (about 12-14 days after unprotected sex) to know if you are pregnant or not.

You can experience breakthrough bleeding in-between "periods" (withdrawal bleeding when on the pill) when you miss pills, and this is not a good indicator of being pregnant or not.

One side note: it's not stupid at all! Many people have sex without a prior intention. I think it is important to know that you ARE sexually active...that does not mean you are ACTING on being sexually active at every moment. Telling yourself that you are not sexually active kind of gives yourself permission to skip pills. Knowing that you are a sexually active person, and that there is nothing wrong with this, it is your choice when, where, how, etc., is empowering because you know you can take your pills every day knowing you are protected. Does that make sense? Just because you are not having sex during one week or one month does not mean you are not sexually active...you are a sexually active human being, so remember to take your pills! And, if you forget (as all women do), just don't have intercourse unless there is a condom available. If no condom, then there are lots of other fun things to do sexually! :)

Does that answer your question about the withdrawal bleeding part?

September 5, 2010 - 10:09am
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sounds stupid to say, but the original intention was to not have sex, then it kinda just happened. What about the withdrawl bleeding if pregnant part?

September 5, 2010 - 7:07am

No one is able to tell you what type of risk you have when you miss pills and have unprotected sex, as every Women's body is different, and every cycle is different. The worst time to miss pills is the week after your period/withdrawal bleeding, as you would be without pills for a longer amount of time. You lessened your risk by using the withdrawal method. May I ask why you did not insist upon using a condom, since you knew you had missed pills?

September 5, 2010 - 6:19am
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