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Can you get pregnant from missing a pill AFTER unprotected sex?

By Anonymous May 18, 2012 - 1:22pm
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I've been on the pill for a year now, but I've been completely consistent with taking my pills for a little more than a month. My boyfriend recently started finishing inside me a few days ago and he finished inside me yesterday afternoon. I forgot to take my pill at 9PM yesterday and just remembered and took it. Am I at a high risk of being pregnant even though I missed the pill AFTER our unprotected sex? Can we have sex today at all?

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Hello Anonymous,
You are not a risk of getting pregnant. You did the right thing by taking your pill once you remembered that you had missed dose. Continue to take your birth control pills consistently and you can have sex and be protected.

The website for the University of California at Davis Student Health and Counseling Services offer this advice:
•The inconsistent or incorrect use of pills is a major reason for unintended pregnancy.
•Seven days of continuously taking oral contraceptive pills is necessary to reliably prevent ovulation.
•Women who frequently miss pills should consider an alternative contraceptive method.
•It is important to take an active (hormonal) pill as soon as possible when pills have been missed.
•If pills are missed, the chance that pregnancy will occur depends not only on how many pills were missed, but also on when those pills were missed. A simple rule to follow is: never take fewer than 21 consecutive active pills and never have more than 7 consecutive pill-free days between active pill taking periods.
•The risk of pregnancy is greatest when active (hormonal) pills are missed at the beginning or at the end of the active pills, i.e. when the hormone-free interval is extended.

I hope this information is helpful and relieves any concerns.


May 18, 2012 - 4:48pm
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