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Pregnancy risk?

By Anonymous August 17, 2017 - 5:05pm
 
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Switched work shifts and am having trouble remembering to take my pills on time. Last week, I missed two birth control pills in a row (last pill of first week and first pill of second week). I had unprotected sex and took the two pills when I remembered (right after sex). The next day, I missed the next two pills I was supposed to take, per the instructions. I took them 12 hours later and am now currently back on track.

I had some cramps and spotting after missing the second two pills, but nothing major. Lasted about a day and a half.

My question is: what do you think my pregnancy risk is after having sex in the middle of missing those pills? I should probably mention that I have PCOS, which I hear can make getting pregnant a little more difficult. Thanks in advance!

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Hi Anon

Thanks for writing.

I understand a change in work shifts can cause upheaval in several different ways at the beginning. You are making up your pills correctly so it doesn't sound like your risk has been raised but if it continues you may find your cycle becomes irregular or you spot so it's best to set an alarm on your phone so that you take your pills on time.

PCOS does make pregnancy harder to attain so this again would keep your risk at bay. I would say there is no increased risk this month. Set that alarm! We are creatures of habit!
Best,
Susan

August 18, 2017 - 5:54am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks Susan. I forgot to mention that the time between when I started this recent pack was 10 days instead of 7.. Not sure if that makes a difference.

August 18, 2017 - 11:44pm
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