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By Anonymous June 6, 2016 - 9:44am
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I am currently taking Reclipsen, and have been since January, prior to that I was on Apri. I had unprotected sex with my bf (Wednesday/Thursday) and I missed my Saturday and Sunday bc pills. How long does sperm stay in the system, and with those missed pills, am I at risk for pregnancy? If so, when should I take a test?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your questions.

The main ingredients in Reclipsen are ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel. This combination pill contains female hormones to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medicine also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

Did you make up for the missed doses?

Inside a woman's body, sperm can live for up to five days depending on the conditions. If you have unprotected sex even a few days before you ovulate, there is a chance of achieving a pregnancy.

Anonymous, missing two active pills in a row could have triggered ovulation. Ejaculated sperm could still have been alive by Saturday and Sunday.

Have you taken your pill today? Contact your gynecologist's office. Report what has happened. Ask if you should continue taking the active pills. I would think, if you do not have bleeding on the last week (of inactive pills), you should test for pregnancy.


June 6, 2016 - 9:58am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann,

Thank you for your prompt response. I have not made up those missed doses, and have not taken my pill today. I am not afraid of getting pregnant, and was actually contemplating stopping my bc pills and since I already missed those, I'm thinking to just stop them. Is there a percentage I could be pregnant right away, or will I need to be off of them for at least a month?

June 6, 2016 - 10:25am
Guide (reply to dye_nut)

Hi dye_nut,

The ability to conceive after stopping birth control varies among women. You may already be pregnant. Wait and see. If you do not have any vaginal bleeding within 12 to 14 days after last intercourse, take a pregnancy test.

You may need to be off the pills at least one month before conceiving. Hard to predict:)


June 7, 2016 - 9:13am
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