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Is it possible to become pregnant on the first pill of a birth control pack? I have been taking it regularly for awhile now, and have been pretty good about it, but I like to know if I am more safe or sorry.

By Anonymous June 21, 2010 - 8:03am
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Day after my period, was bleeding still a little on first pill of pack (just the brown stuff was discharging a tiny bit) and my boyfriend came in me a bit that day. I am wondering if it's possible I could be pregnant.

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It's slightly possible, but not probably. Here's why. To get pregnant, you have to be ovulating -- and we generally ovulate during the middle of our cycle. If your cycle is 28 days long, for example, you are probably ovulating somewhere around day 12=14. Sperm can live in the body for about three days, so unprotected sex three days before ovulation can still result in a pregnancy. But you're talking about sex on day 7, right? Or 8? And as soon as you take that first pill, the hormones become active in your system during the next 24 hours -- before your body's own ovulation hormones have kicked in.

Does that make sense? Does that help?

June 22, 2010 - 9:50am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

It does make sense and helps me a lot. I was hoping to avoid having to take Plan B if it wasn't necessary. Thank you very much for your reply!

June 22, 2010 - 10:50am
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You're so welcome. I'm glad I could be of some help. And good for you for taking care of yourself, asking questions and being your own advocate. The more we learn about how our bodies work, the easier it is to know what's going on at any particular time. Thanks for writing!!

June 23, 2010 - 8:50am
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