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If you miss 3 birth control pills in the first week of a new pack and you have unprotected sex, what are the chances of pregnancy?

By Anonymous May 10, 2017 - 3:09pm
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I had my period on April 27-May 1. That Sunday, April 30th, I was supposed to start my new pack. I went on a short vacation and could not get a refill. On Monday I took both Sunday and Monday pills. On Tuesday I missed my pill as well. So on Wednesday I also had to take two pills. On Wednesday I had unprotected sex. I missed a pill Friday as well. I originally started taking birth control for PCOS. I'm normally always on time with my pills, but was very irresponsible last week. What are my chances of pregnancy?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to us with your pregnancy risk concern.

Missing doses during the first week of a new pack pose the highest risk for pregnancy during unprotected sex. Going seven days on inactive pills and then missing the first doses of the active pills causes a drop in the hormone levels that prevent ovulation.

However, you did make up for the missed doses as soon as you could. So, I think you should have been protected. For peace of mind, confirm this with your gynecologist.


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