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Possible Pregnancy w/Breakthrough Bleeding?

By October 10, 2014 - 8:59pm
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I really messed up my cycle this month. I started a new birth control pill pack 2 days late, took the pill for the following 2 days, then missed the next 5 days and had unprotected sex. I haven't taken anymore pills this month. Two days after sex, I started bleeding heavily. This lasted for 1 day and then lightened up and went away on the 3rd day. I am happily married, so pregnancy wouldn't be the end of the world. I'm just wondering if there is a high chance of pregnancy even with the breakthrough bleeding, and if so, when should I take a pregnancy test to find out?

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Hello dtitus,

Thank you for your question and for choosing EmpowHER! 

Anytime you have unprotected sex, you risk pregnancy. There is no perfectly safe time, although couples who very carefully track the woman’s menstrual cycle and are very knowledgeable about her reproductive system often can, with a strong degree of certainty, avoid pregnancy. But this is not a fail-safe method. 

Even when taking the pill, women can get pregnant and the more you forget to take it exactly as prescribed, your risk goes up.

It sounds to me like you had your period, but nobody can tell you over the Internet if you are pregnant or not, all we can do is let you know the risks, based on the information you have given us. Again, your own situation will vary and we cannot give you a definitive answer.  A pregnancy test can be taken 10-14 days after unprotected sex and when taken correctly, will certainly be accurate by the time your period is due. 

I hope this information helps you! If you have further concerns, taking a pregnancy test is a good idea if the time is right, or call your doctor for further instructions. He or she may want to give you a physical examination or a pregnancy test at the office. 

I hope this information helps you and you get answers as soon as possible. 



October 11, 2014 - 1:04pm
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