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Missed 1 birth control pill and multiple late pills. Worried about pregnancy

By April 11, 2016 - 8:12pm
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I realize that this is probably a commonly asked question on this sight and I apologize that you'll have to give advice to somebody about this topic yet again. Anyways, I got back on birth control at the end of 2014 and have been pretty good about about taking it everyday. For probably the first 6 months, I took it almost everyday, with the occasional miss, but made sure to make it up as soon as I remembered even if that meant two pills on one day. About 2 months ago I was tired of the misses and spotting and decided to set an alarm on my phone everyday for the exact same time. But my life has been very crazy lately and I turned off the alarm thinking "Ok, I'll take my pill after I finish what I'm in the middle of" & then just never remembered to take it. So this new pack that I started a week and two days ago, I completely missed that day during the first week (I think it was day 3 just to be more specific) & didn't take it until the next day's alarm went off & then took that days pill later on in the night because I was scared of getting sick if I took two at the same time. That sounded confusing when I re-read it so let's say I missed Monday's pill for an example. I didn't take Monday's pill until Tuesday's alarm went off (so a full 24 hours later) and then took Tuesday's pill later that night. Since then I've been hours late taking my pills but still it's been daily just not consistently. That's probably happened 2 or three times since I missed that one on "Monday". The reason I'm nervous and posting this is because the day after the missed pill I started bleeding brownish red. It's there every time I go to the restroom. The amount varies but it's always there when I wipe (sorry for mental images). So it's been a week of that and it's accompanied by cramps and I literally feel my lower abdominal grumbling/making noise but not like your stomach does when it's hungry. Also what concerns me is I'm noticing more pregnant-like symptoms; bursts of energy and then extreme fatigue, a pretty good amount of acne, more emotional than usual, depressed, no libido (not common for me at all), more frequent urination but constipated - but with the cramps & bleeding I think that's why I'm so nervous. Also, I'm beating the guys when it comes to eating haha! I do have a boyfriend and we have unprotected sex and he ejaculates in me every time. We had had sex every day I was late and also the missed day without realizing that I messed up my schedule. Am I crazy or do I have a legitimate concern?

Thanks in advance,

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Hi Tarah,
Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community

Unprotected sex and missed birth control pills is definitely cause for concern. However since you took the missed pill the following morning and got back on track then there is a chance you are okay.

The only way to know for sure is to take a home pregnancy test.

Be well,

April 11, 2016 - 9:14pm
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