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Missed My Birth Control, & Had Sex.

By July 31, 2010 - 8:34pm
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So, this is my whole story. I started my birth control a month ago, June 26th. I was taking it every night at the same time and being verrry good about it. Then a couple weeks ago I went on vacation and began taking my pill at different times, about four hours apart each night. I know that's not too bad, but then I started my second pack of pills. I missed one July 26th, and I took it the morning of July 27th. Then I missed my pill the night of June 27th and then I missed my pill last night, July 30th. I had sex twice on the 27th and twice on the 30th, both unprotected and he ejaculacted three of those times inside of me. I checked on the internet, and from the 30th - 4th would be my most fertile days. So my real question is, do you think my birth control was effective? I am taking Tri-Sprintec.

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Anytime you miss pills, it decreases the effectiveness of your pill. The pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken consistently and correctly every time. When you deviate from this, the effectiveness rate decreases. The easy remedy (as most women will occasionally miss a pill) is to use a back-up form of birth control (like a condom) for the next 7 days.

What you found on the internet, as far as your most "fertile days", is for women who are not using hormonal contraception. Women who use the pill do not have "fertile days", as this is how the pill works! The pill helps to prevent ovulation (as well as other things). When you do not take the pill as directed, your body's natural hormones have a chance to "kick in" and can cause you to ovulate...you just would not know when this would occur.

You say you have been "very good" at taking the pill, but you have missed a lot of pills and it has only been a month. Think about this: you will probably be on the pill for decades (possibly on and off), and make sure that the pill is a form of birth control that you can reliably use every-single day. It's a lot to think about, but I wanted you to know there are other forms of birth control that you do not need to remember every day, if you are having trouble. I know it is difficult to get into the habit at first of taking the pill every day (and it is a hassle!), but please use condoms until taking the pill becomes more of a habit, so you don't worry about possible pregnancy!

Let us know if you have any questions!

August 1, 2010 - 6:41am
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