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Missed 5 pills in week one!

By October 30, 2014 - 9:01am
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I missed the last pill in my last pack of pills (15th October) then had my period. I then missed the first 4 pills in my new pack (23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th October), extending my pill free week to 12 days instead of 7. I had unprotected sex on the 26th of October. I took my pill the 27th and 28th, then missed 1 more on the 29th. What are the chances that I ovulated and could I get pregnant from doing this?
Please help!

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Hello taylor90j,

There is a very good chance that you ovulated any time after the end of your last period.

As you may know, birth control pills work by preventing ovulation. Seven or more consecutive days without taking an active, hormone containing pill puts you at risk.

Consider consulting your gynecologist.


October 30, 2014 - 9:14am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks for responding Maryann.

How much of a risk would I be at?
Also when will I be able to test accurately?

October 30, 2014 - 9:34am
Guide (reply to taylor90j)

Hello taylor90j,

I will not gamble at a guess for the level of risk.

You can test with an early response pregnancy test as early as five days before your period is expected to start. Otherwise, purchase a brand name test, check the expiration date and test using the first urine of the morning. Do this once your period is late by at least seven days.


October 30, 2014 - 9:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

How would I know if I ovulated on the pill? Would there be signs?

October 30, 2014 - 11:55am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Two common signs associated with ovulation include:

Cervical fluid that resembles “egg whites” is a sign that you are near ovulation or are ovulating.

The increase in basal body temperature is the sign that ovulation has just occurred.


October 31, 2014 - 9:38am
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