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I stopped taking my first birth control midpack, could I be pregnant?

By December 19, 2015 - 5:50pm
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I started minastrin fe for the first time this month and stopped mid pack for reasons too long to explain (I took 12 days worth and did a sunday start, so on cycle day 6). I was on it to treat/prevent ovarian cysts. The day I was having my transvaginal ultrasound to follow up on my cyst (also the day I stopped my pills) they saw another functional cyst. The technician said it could be that I had ovulated.. my question is should I be taking a pregnancy test to rule it out? We did not use any back up protection and we did wait 7 days before having sex after starting the birth control. I had my withdrawal bleeding...so do I count that as a period and consider myself not pregnant?

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
There are several things to consider in this situation when speculating whether or not you could be pregnant. First of all, if you had sex after your 7th day on the pill, but before you stopped taking them, you were fully protected. The pill not only stops ovulation, but also blocks sperm from passing the cervix.
The only way you could have become pregnant is if the sperm was able to somehow pass the cervix, then remain alive until you stopped the pill. Then you would have needed to ovulate almost immediately to give the sperm a chance to ovulate the egg before it died. So, pregnancy would depend on whether or not the sperm remained alive, and whether or not you ovulated in time.
The probability of those things happening is very slim. So, I highly doubt you are pregnant. If you are still concerned however, you will need to wait until after your next missed period in order for a pregnant test to be accurate.

December 20, 2015 - 12:06pm

The withdrawal bleed occurred on about cycle day 16-18...

December 19, 2015 - 8:37pm
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