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Caaaan You get pregnant after having your period then missing a pill

By September 28, 2009 - 5:53pm
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Can you get pregnant if you miss 3 pills, start a new pack-start your period the day you start the new pack, then miss 2 pills and have unprotected sex? I don't understand how you can get pregnant when you dont ovulate til months after not having birthcontrol. How is this possible and what are biggest ways to get pregnant from this so I can avoid it

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But can it still happen even after you've had your period?

September 29, 2009 - 7:46am
(reply to cluless111)

If you have a "period" (or "withdrawal bleeding", as when you are taking the pill, you don't actually have a period, but the bleeding is from withdrawal of the hormones in your body), then that would indicate you are not pregnant.

However, you said that you missed 3 pills, then had a period, then missed another 2 pills and had unprotected sex? If it occurred in that order, it may be possible (but unlikely) to become pregnant. If you had sex while you were bleeding, most likely the semen would be shed from your body. The reason there is even a possibility is that when you miss 5 pills in-a-row, you do not know when you may begin ovulating. If you have sex, the sperm can stay in a woman's body up to 3-5 days, "waiting" for an egg to be released. There are too many factors, but if you had sex while you were actively bleeding, then I would say it is doubtful that you could be pregnant. However, your body may have started the ovulation process while you abruptly stopped your pills for 5 days, so it is very important to use back-up protection (condom) for the next 7 days.

If you do not remember to take your pill consistently and correctly every day, you may want to talk with your doctor about other hormonal contraception that you only need to think about once per week, once per month, or once every 3 months. Also, always have condoms available, and you can also use the Withdrawal Method (or "pull out" method as extra precaution (it's only about 75% effective at preventing pregnancy, so should not be used alone!)

September 29, 2009 - 12:25pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

can a girl get pregnant after her period and while have taken precautions ???
also the boy did not had the orgasm..???

November 18, 2009 - 4:41am
(reply to Anonymous)


Please tell me a little bit more about your question.

What precautions did you take? Are you on birth control pills? If so, do you take them regularly? Have you missed any recently?

Did your partner use a condom?

Was there penetration of his penis in your vagina (even if he did not ejaculate)?

And by "after your period," what day of your cycle do you mean? (Day 1 of your period is Day 1 of your monthly cycle.)

In general, depending on what precautions you took, and if the man did not ejaculate, you would be protected. But let me know a little more and I can help you figure this out better, Anon.

November 19, 2009 - 9:19am


It is absolutely possible to get pregnant with those many days of missed pills involved. It may take SOME women a month or more to begin ovulating normally again after stopping the pill but most women can go back to ovulating right away. That is a big misconception some women have about the period and it is completely untrue-- you should be taking your pill at the same time 7 days a week trying very hard to not miss any. If you do miss any more pills in the future, you should be doubling up the day after. Missing more than two pills in a row constitutes for back up birth control, such as a condom.

Good Luck

September 29, 2009 - 5:28am
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