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Missed Birth Control Pills

By Anonymous November 16, 2010 - 2:16am
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I am 22 years old and my fiance is 37 years old. I just started taking birth control on November 3rd, 2010, and not mainly for purposes of preventing pregnancy but to get my period on track. I have been irregular since July and my periods decide to just "pop" up sometimes. My length between cycles ranges between 13-29 days. Horrible! Anyway, I started the pill on the 3rd and have been sexually active.

November 3rd - First birth control pill, unprotected sex, pull out method.

November 6th - Still taking pill, unprotected sex, pull out method.
November 9th - Missed Pill
November 10th - Missed Pill
November 11th - Missed Pill / Unprotected Sex / Pull Out Method, But Questionable
November 12th - Started Breakthrough Bleeding / Took 3 missed pills
November 13th - Continued pill - still bleeding
November 16th - Bleeding stopped

Although if pregnancy occurs, there really is no fear, but more of an anxious period. I have continued to take my pill regularly, it's only been a few days, but I just started the pack. I am simply just requesting advice on when I may be able to tell if I have conceived due to my forgetfulness and my prior irregularities I cannot tell about my ovulating period. Prior to this breakthrough bleeding, I was on on my period:
September 14-September 19
September 28-October 1st
October 27-November 2nd

Breakthrough Bleeding started: November 12th (which was just a few days ago, but missed 3 pills, on my first pack ever, 4 occurrences of unprotected sex, one of which was on the day of my 3rd missed pill.

Discussed possibility with fiance, and he says if it happens it happens, if it doesn't, it doesn't. I'm mostly more anxious/curious than anything. Please feel free to advise.

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Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your question and for providing so much information. Unfortunately, we cannot speculate if you will get pregnant or not. We can only tell you that when you forget to take your pills and don't use a backup method it does increase your chances of getting pregnant. Also with missing pills, your period may not show up when you expect it to show up (generally when you are taking your week of placebo pills, or the 4th week of your pack). Since your period was pretty unpredictable before, it especially may be difficult to predict when it will come. All I can tell you, is to follow the instructions in the packet insert that came with your pills when you do forget, but you may want to be extra diligent about trying to not forget. I found it easier to remember to take them when I brushed my teeth at night, since it was something I generally did that at the same time every night. It's good you are using backup method (no matter how reliable that withdrawal method is, right?) along with the pill until you are good about taking it consistently.
For more information, please review these articles: How to Make Up MIssed Birth Control Pills and Oops! Missed Birth Control Pill Advocacy Sheet
If you end up missing your period, you can take a home pregnancy test. Some say to wait until your period is about 5 days late to get a really accurate result. Some tests, however, advertise on the package that you can take it up to 5 days before a missed period--those results may not be as accurate, but bear in mind that a positive is a positive.
Good luck and let us know what happens. Hope you get the result you're looking for.

November 16, 2010 - 8:44am
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