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Birth control question.

By Anonymous April 25, 2016 - 7:17am
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This might be long sry in advance! I've been on bc for about 7 months. I'm pretty good at taking them everyday but around April some things happened & my mind was elsewhere. So here it goes, in March I got sick, had bronchitis. I was prescribed some antibiotics March 18th, I finished them on March 25th. I continued to take my bc as usual, March 26th was my last day of active pills. I got my period probably around March 30th. They say you should not have sex while on antibiotics & for a week after. So I went a total of two weeks with out sex. On April 3rd (Sunday) I was supposed to start my new pack. I took it late around 7ish, I usually take it at 11am. I took a few pills late that first week but never completely missed any pills. I had unprotected sex around the 3rd day of the first week & he did pull out. On the 2nd week I took one pill late as well & did have unprotected sex. But again he did pull out. If you take pills hours late or even miss any in the first week is it possible to ovalate? I'm a bit worried because if I did ovulate it would have been around the time we had unprotected sex. Idk if I'm just stressing myself out, thinking about it over & over but I swear I feel symptoms of pregnancy, which can also be pms. My nipples feel like they're burning. I googled it & it's an early sign of pregnancy. I'm due for my period in 2 days. I'm just curious on your thoughts & the possibility of pregnancy.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community.

You mention having unprotected intercourse twice in April. As long as you didn't missed an active pill, you should have been protected. When you miss a pill, you increase your chance of ovulating.

According to Alyssa Dweck, MD, coauthor of V is For Vagina, "You've heard it a million times—always take your pill at the same time each day. But in terms of preventing pregnancy, it's not a crucial step.

The only exception: if you're taking the mini pill, a progestin-only birth control pill which must be taken at the same time every day, says Cullins. However, most women take the regular birth control pill, which contains a combination of estrogen and progestin. And on the Pill, you can miss a day and catch up while still being protected, so a few hours won't change the effectiveness. That said, if you tend to forget to take your pill without setting an alarm, you might want to stick to a stricter routine. Plus, if you're on a very low-dose form of the Pill, you may experience some breakthrough bleeding if you're more than a few hours late."

"On the weekend if you take your pill at noon instead of at 6AM, you don't need to be scared," says Vanessa Cullins, MD, Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Planned Parenthood.

Anonymous, try to relax, finish taking this pack of birth control pills at the same time every day and wait for your period. I think you became pregnant, but only withdrawal bleeding will confirm.


April 25, 2016 - 8:22am
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