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Possibility of getting pregnant after the first week of starting birth control?

By Anonymous November 23, 2016 - 9:19am
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I just re-started birth control after being off of it for a month to switch pill bands. I missed two pills during the first week and taken a few 2-4 hours late. I had unprotected sex on the 11th day of my pill and he ejaculated inside of me. I missed another pill 4 days after this. My question is, since I missed two pills during my first week does that mean I wasnt protected during the 11th day I had sex. Also since sperm can live between 3-5 days in a womens body, and I missed a pill 4 days after unprotected sex can that cause pregnancy as well?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern about a risk for becoming pregnant.

Use of a "back up" method, such as using a condom" is recommended during the first week of starting birth control pills.

Missing two active pills at the beginning of the pack, taking pills two to four hours late and missing a dose four days later would have caused fluctuations in your hormone levels.

As you know, birth control pills prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. This is done by taking an active pill at the same time every day.

You could have been at risk. If you do not have withdrawal bleeding this month, test and contact your gynecologist.


November 23, 2016 - 9:31am
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