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Missed pills--could i be pregnant

By Anonymous July 14, 2010 - 12:56pm
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I have been taking Yasmine 28...I just started my 3rd month on July 11th. I used back up birth control the first 2 months as I forgot a couple of pills here and there and would just double up the next day. I am not sure in which weeks i missed pills. On July 3 and 4th I had unprotected sex. I had my period as usual during the last week of inactive pills and started my period on July 9th. Is there a chance I might still be pregnant if I missed pills before the unprotected sex but still had my period days later?
Please help!!!

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Thank you very much for your responses! I am relieved and thankful that you replied. I have scheduled an appointment for the end of this month for my regular Pap smear and I will be talking with my Dr. about my options.
Thanks again :)

July 15, 2010 - 1:17pm
(reply to Anonymous)

To prepare for your visit, the Planned Parenthood website has a great overview of all of your options: Planned Parenthood: Birth Control Effectiveness Chart. You can click on any of the images to learn more about the individual method.

Again, I am happy to answer any questions you have about the individual methods, and can also provide resources if you are interested to learn what other women's experiences with each type of method have been.

Take care!

July 15, 2010 - 2:09pm

Hi Anon (original poster),
No, you would not be pregnant if you had your menstrual period for this cycle.

Please know, that anytime you miss pills, and make-them up the following day(s), that you decrease the effectiveness of your pill. If you miss more than 2 pills in-a-row, you would most likely need to start a new pack of pills (read your instructions with your prescription to verify this, but most birth control pills are similar).

Even more importantly...if you miss pills (as some of us do on occasion), you MUST use a back-up form of birth control (condom) for the following 7 days! Please do not have unprotected sex when you know you are missing pills. It is imperative, if you do not want to be pregnant at this time in your life, to use a reliable form of birth control...and for you, that might be using condoms until you can use your birth control pills consistently and correctly every day.

Did you know there are other types of birth control that you don't need to use every day? So many women have difficulty taking a pill every day, and there are some great options for you! I would love to talk with you about them, if you are interested.

July 15, 2010 - 1:02pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thanks me too!! :) Waiting is no fun but I am helpless at this point. All I can do is learn from this so hopefully next time I wont put my self through all this stress!! I literally spent all day yesterday looking stuff up!! Good luck!

July 15, 2010 - 10:50am
(reply to Anonymous)

Anon (who spent all day looking stuff up),

Do you have any questions that I can help answer? What information were you looking up, and I can help verify the answers, if you would like.

July 15, 2010 - 1:15pm

Thank you very much for your help and i hope things are okay with you too

July 15, 2010 - 10:48am
EmpowHER Guest

Well you wont know for sure if you are pregnant until you take a test. Did you look into possible spotting/cramping due to missing pills? That has happened to me in the past. I have been on the pill for about 7 years but stopped 8 months ago. I recently just started them again. They say the possibility of pregnancy increases if you have missed pills so I guess it is possible.

July 15, 2010 - 10:37am

I thought at first that i might have started but iv came of my periode 2 weeks ago and never have bled inbetween and i always have sufferd with really cronic pains but i have none with the slight bleeding im having now onloy very slight cramping could i be pregnant?

July 15, 2010 - 10:29am
(reply to newbold)

I understand that you had your period 2 weeks ago, and have bled in-between your previous period (and your upcoming period). This is called "breakthrough bleeding", and basically means a woman can bleed or spot in-between her periods. It is usually caused by missed pills, as the hormones are fluctuating from the abrupt stopping of pills, then the sudden "surge" of hormones with doubling-up.

What type of chronic pains have you been suffering from?

You are wondering if you are pregnant right now, but I am not clear on your circumstances. You had your period 2 weeks ago...did you have unprotected sex since this time? Are you using any type of birth control?

July 15, 2010 - 1:14pm
EmpowHER Guest

From what I've read your most fertile time is 2 weeks before your period starts, I had unprotected sex 1 week before my period so I am hoping I will be okay, I think I missed pills the week prior though. I have also read that missing pills could also cause some spotting so you may want to read the hand out that came with your pills. Or could it possibly be your period starting?? I have been good taking my pills this week at the same time... From now on if I miss pills I am definately going to be using back up protection to avoid this in the future!! Hope everything works out for you...and ME!!!

July 15, 2010 - 9:20am
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