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Missed 2 pills in a row and had sex, will I get pregnant?

By Anonymous March 17, 2015 - 11:50am
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In the third week of my pill pack last month, I missed 2 pills in a row and had sex during that time. On the third day, I realized my mistake and doubled up, taking two pills per day for the next two days. I abstained from having sex for six days afterward, figured I was safe, and then had sex -- but I accidentally missed my pill that day, too. :(

I started a new pack once I finished my active pills, thus skipping the placebos. I've been having very light breakthrough bleeding for a couple weeks now ... Mostly brown, and recently a small streak of red, but nothing to fill up a pantyliner. It's been daily, but most of it just happens when I pee.

Should I take a urine test now, since it's been almost three weeks? Or should I wait? I have experienced cramping and some nausea, but I'm wondering if I just have a vaginal infection and that's confusing my symptoms. How high is my risk of pregnancy after missing those pills?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community!

The effectiveness rate on birth control pills is at it's highest when taken consecutively and consistently as directed. The more pills missed and missed consecutively, can increase your chance for pregnancy.  It's hard to say how much you've increased your chances of becoming pregnant, but the potential is there.  

The symptoms you're experiencing are typical for ovulation.  To ease your mind, taking an early detection home pregnancy test is a good idea.  

Also, to help you stay on track, check out the myPill app for smartphones.

myPill App

I hope this helps!

Be well,


March 17, 2015 - 2:46pm
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