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Quit my birth control pills mid pack

By Anonymous July 29, 2010 - 6:36am
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I quit taking Junel Fe mid cycle. It has been 8 days and I have yet to get a withdrawal bleed. I had unprotected intercourse in the days following up to quitting the pill, and have used the withdrawal method since then. I took a pregnancy test this morning and it was negative. Is there still the possibility that I am pregnant? Why would I NOT get the withdrawal bleeding?
A pregnancy would be a welcome "surprise"

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Hi Anonymous,
You probably already know this, but when you take birth control, it doesn't rid your body of eggs, most only keep them from being released from your ovaries (supresses ovulation). An egg doesn't potentially get fertilized until it meets with a sperm (for example via unprotected sex). Hope that makes sense.
Sorry you've been having to deal with ovarian cysts. I know they can be bothersome. And yes, it's good you stick with your beliefs, and have discussed it with your partner.
Please let us know if you have any more questions.
Take care.

July 29, 2010 - 10:07am

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for finding EmpowHER and for your question.
I'm confused. You are trying to get pregnant? Does your partner know? Are you both on the same page with wanting to get pregnant?
If you quit taking the pill, most doctors suggest waiting until you have a full cycle before getting pregnant. I think there are varying opinions among doctors about how long it normally takes to get pregnant after stopping the pill, and what is advisable. Part of this, I believe, is because everyone's different and one person can get pregnant very easily whereas another may take months to get pregnant or need to undergo fertility treatments.
However, it could be possible to get pregnant any time you stop taking the pill and have unprotected sex. I'm not sure why you didn't have spotting when you stopped taking the pill. I'm not sure it is a hard and fast rule that happens--spotting when stopping the pill. Have you discussed your plans to get pregnant with your doctor or even your doctor's nurse? They would be able to give you full-details about what is going on.
Normally, you should wait until you've missed a period to take a pregnancy test. Even though some tests say they can recognize the pregnancy hormone up to 5 days before a missed period, the most accurate results are commonly after you've missed.
Here is a link to EmpowHER's pregnancy page. It has tons of useful information:
Good luck. Let us know if you have more questions, and how you're doing.

July 29, 2010 - 9:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

:) Thanks for getting back to me so quick. We are not TTC yet, we plan to in september. I was having some issues with ovarian cysts and had one rupture last cycle. I continued taking the pill for 2 weeks after, when I had another ultrasound. It showed that I am still ovulating despite taking the birth control. This made me uncomfortable, as I am potentially taking a pill to rid my body of fertilized eggs. So my partner and I discussed this and decided that for us and our beliefs, we should no longer be using this form of birth control.

July 29, 2010 - 9:30am
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