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By Anonymous April 29, 2011 - 9:45am
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Hey so i am on birth control. i had my period april 5-8th and then started a new pack on that sunday the 10th. i went on vacation on the 13th and forgot my birth control. I could not take the pills and then started another period on the 15th of april and it ended on the 18th. Is it possible to be pregnant if i had intercourse after the second period? Im really confused because i now dont know when i am going to start my period in may!? anyone help!

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Anytime you forget to take your birth control pills and have intercourse without using a backup method like condoms, abstinence, or withdrawal, you put yourself at increased risk of getting pregnant. Did you make up the missed pills at all?
The bleeding you experienced from the 15th-18th was withdrawal bleeding caused by stopping your birth control. It is pretty common that happens.
It is important you take your birthcontrol as recommended by your health care practitioner, and use a backup method anytime you forget to take your pill. Or get in the habit of using a backup method all the time if you are really concerned about pregnancy.
You will need to wait until your next period comes to verify if you are pregnant or not. You can take a home pregnancy test if you don't get it after a few weeks.
For more information, please review these articles: Missing Birth Control Pills and Concerned About Pregnancy: Q&A, and Oops! Missed Birth Control Pill Advocacy Sheet.
Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.

April 29, 2011 - 11:42am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

No i did not make up the missed pills because i had a full period and did not know what to do. How long does it take to ovulate after getting a withdrawal period?

April 29, 2011 - 2:37pm
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Hi Anonymous,
You may want to call the doctor's office who prescribed the birth control pills to you and see what they suggest. It is hard to say how long it takes for a woman to ovulate when you stop taking your birth control pills. It could take days, weeks, or a full cycle for you to ovulate, depending on how your own body works. Our bodies are not like clocks, everyone is different.

May 2, 2011 - 10:16am
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