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Chance of pregnancy

By January 2, 2013 - 2:54pm
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I have myself very worried and would like your thoughts. I am 39, married, and have been on the pill for about twenty years. I take Ortho tri cyclen. I take it at the same time everyday (6am). I have had some light brown vaginal discharge this month. I have myself all worried that I might be pregnant. I have had a cold this past week and took Nyquil and Robitussen but was told by the pharmacist this would not interfere with the pill. I know it is not right but I did take an extra pill two days last week from a backup pack because I was coughing so much and I was paranoid that I coughed up my pill which I probably did not but wanted to be safe. I also have been extremely stressed lately about my pill. I guess because I am getting older and more and more know that I don't want a baby. I am supposed to get my period next Tuesday but I am so overwhelmed reading on the internet that brown discharge could be implantation bleeding. So I was wondering if you could give me your thoughts.

I appreciate any help you can give me so I can maybe not worry so badly until next Tuesday.

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Hello Screech,

I could not find any information suggesting that NyQuil or Robitussin reduces the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Implantation bleeding usually happens about 7 to 14 days after conception. It is characteristically a small volume of pink or brown vaginal discharge.

Since you are concerned that you might be pregnant, a blood pregnancy test will be able to tell you within about 9 to 11 days after ovulation. You can either wait and if your period is late beyond one week, take a home pregnancy test. Or, call your gynecologist and schedule a blood hCG pregnancy test.


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