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missed 3-4 pills at start of cycle could i be pregnant?

By Anonymous November 10, 2010 - 12:25pm
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hi i have been on the pill since august however in the september cycle i was really bad and kept missing it and bleeding on and off however i did not have sex during this time. then in october i was due to start taking it again on a saturday and was away for the weekend and forgot it to bring it with me. so i cant remember whether i took either 3 pills on the monday or 4 on the tuesday. i then had sex with my partner on the thursday and saturday. however it was anal sex and he did not come inside me, but near inside me and im worried some of it may have dripped in. i kept taking my pill as usual and then i finished my 3 week pack on saturday past and it is now wednesday and i have not had my period yet. is there a chance i could be pregnant?

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Hi anonymous,
Thanks for your question. If your boyfriend ejaculated near your vagina (not inside), there is minimal risk. Forgetting to take your pills can mess up your cycle, so your period likely wouldn't show up when you expect it. It is important to take your pills on time. Figure out a tactic to remember and not forget to take them with when you're out of town, even if you have to start carrying them in your purse! Try associating taking them with something you do every day at approximately the same time. If you continue to forget to take them, you may want to consider different type of birth control that may be more suited to your lifestyle, or get in the habit of using a backup method to avoid any future "am I pregnant?" stress.
Here are a couple articles that may help explain what could be going on and how to deal with it:
Missing Birth Control Pills and Concerned About Pregnancy: Q&A, Oops! Missed Birth Control Pill Advocacy Sheet, and How to Make Up MIssed Birth Control Pills
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

November 10, 2010 - 12:43pm
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