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Hi- I stopped taking birth control on the Tuesday of my second week on the pack. I had unprotected sex 2 times after stopping the birth control. Could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous November 27, 2009 - 11:15pm
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I had a withdrawal period 4 days after stopping my birth control pills.It has now been almost two weeks since I've been off the pill. I would have normally had my period, but now my body is thrown off since I just had a withdrawal period which lasted about 5 days. Could I be pregnant?

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Hi Alison,
Yes, that definitely makes more sense! I just wasn't sure whether the withdrawal bleeding I had meant that I was not pregnant!

Thanks so much!

November 29, 2009 - 2:47pm
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Hi Susan,
I stopped taking the pills on November 17th, 2009. I had unprotected sex on the 18th and the 20th. On the 21st, I had a "withdrawal period" which I figured was just me withdrawing the hormones from my body. I haven't had a period since then, and it's been about a week. Is there a possibility that I conceived on the 18th or 20th even though I had a withdrawal period a few days later? If yes, should I take a test 4 weeks from my last period (which was the withdrawal period from last week) or should I go ahead and test?

Thanks for your help!

November 28, 2009 - 8:05pm
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It is very unlikely that you would be pregnant, as you experienced withdrawal bleeding after having unprotected sex. The hormones from your pills would still be in your body, preventing ovulation, and also preventing the uterine lining from being a "welcoming environment" for a fertilized egg.

Women can miss one period and generally not need to use back-up protection (it is still highly encouraged, however!!), so sex on the 18th, after your last pill on the 17th, would most likely not end in a conception. Sex on the 20th could, but if you experienced bleeding on the 21st, then you would not be pregnant.

I hope this helps!

November 29, 2009 - 8:41am
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Thanks so much for your help Susan! Yes, I will definitely keep you posted as I am very eager to find out whether I'm pregnant or not. I've just been so anxious, nervous and excited, but the period I had from stopping the pills really threw me off! So do you think I should go off the "withdrawal period" I had a few days ago from discontinuing the pills, or the period I had about 3 weeks ago?

I will let you know how things turn out and keep you updated! Thank you!

November 28, 2009 - 1:30pm

Hi Susan, Thank you for your answer. Yes, I've had unprotected sex 2 times since I've been off the pill. Does this raise my chances of being pregnant? Since I had the withdrawal bleeding from discontinuing last week, I don't know when I should test for pregnancy because I normally have my period during the sugar pills, which would have been next week. I've been extremely tired, nauseous and have had terrible headaches, but I don't know whether these are signs of pregnancy or symptoms of me just coming off the pill. Should I test for pregnancy next week since that is when I usually had my period on the pill? Thanks!

November 28, 2009 - 12:06pm
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Oops- There was an error. I forgot to mention that I usually get my period next week, which is when I take the sugar pills.

November 27, 2009 - 11:16pm
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