Pregnant on Birth Control? Can It Happen? 22


Naturally, the point of taking birth control pills is not to get pregnant, but even with proper and devout use you have a 1% chance of getting pregnant on birth control. Missing a pill, taking the pill at a different time of day, or throwing up within a half hour of taking the pill can increase this chance. Being that nearly 80% of all women have at some point used the birth control pill to prevent pregnancy, even 1% is a lot of women.

How will I know if I’m pregnant on birth control?

pregnant on birth controlOne of the primary ways most women discover they’re pregnant is to miss a period. The catch with the chance of becoming pregnant on birth control is that many women experience missed periods or lighter periods while taking birth control. As a result, when they miss a period or experience light implantation bleeding, they don’t suspect pregnancy.

The only way to know if you are pregnant on birth control is to take a pregnancy test. Contrary to some belief, a pregnancy test will not be affected by birth control. This is because pregnancy tests detect a hormone not present in birth control. This doesn’t mean you need to take a pregnancy test every single month. It’s rare that pregnancy comes without other symptoms such as nausea and fatigue.

If you do find need to test, it’s also important you don’t test too early. As birth control is designed to prevent ovulation and artificially regulates cycle length, rather than testing based on ovulation/cycle length, it’s more ideal to use intercourse timing. Test no earlier than 14 days after the last sexual act. You can read more on when to take a pregnancy test for accurate results here.

Should I stop taking my birth control pill if I think I’m pregnant?

Even if you just suspect you may be pregnant on birth control, you should stop taking your birth control until you confirm you aren’t. Remember, if you miss even one pill you are more likely to become pregnant if you have unprotected sex assuming you aren’t already pregnant. Missing more than a day can lessen the effectiveness of birth control up to seven days even after resumed use. You should use a back up method in the meantime.

Are there any risks to my baby if I become pregnant  on the birth control?

While there are no known birth defects caused by becoming pregnant on birth control, it has been shown to possibly increase the chance of low birth weight and premature labor. In rare cases involving certain types of birth control, irregular development of female sex organs is possible.

Becoming pregnant on birth control can come as a big surprise, but if you do decide to keep your baby, try to relax, chances are very high if you weren’t aware you were pregnant and continued birth control use your baby will be fine.

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Lulu

I got my iud inserted on Nov 8th I started my period or what I thought was my period on Nov 13. I spotted for the whole rest of the month and half of December. I haven’t gotten my period this month but I’ve had some very light spotting only when I wipe I see it. Can I be pregnant???? Or is my body still ajusting to the iud

Justin

Hello i have a silly question. my girlfriend and i had sex 2 days ago with a condom. However before we had sex i touched my penis with a small amount of precum and while i was putting it on the condom i most likely touched the tip of the condom with the same hand. So is there a a small chance of pregnancy? does precum even have sperm to fertilize Thank you

Diana

so My period was due on the 6th and I’m two days late. We used a condom with Spermicide and it slipped out half way accidentally luckily he didn’t climax but anyway we tried again with a new one.This was around the 27th but On January 1 I went to the ER and they gave me a pregnancy test and it was negative and I’m under medications for my gastritis. My question is Can the medication delay my period? Was the test to early to be taken? Thank you.

Sandi

I had sex with my boyfriend on the 27th of December. We used a condom with spermicide and he told me it helps prevent pregnancy even more. We are very careful about safe sex and I tracked my last ovulation on the 23 of December so I know I’m extra safe. While Intercourse the condom almost slipped off but it was on the tip of his penis so he threw it away and we used a new one and he climaxed and pulled out. But what gets to my head is We never had this issue about condoms slipping before… Read more »

Kellie Wolfe

Hi, I am 18 and sexually active but am worried that my diet changes have thrown off my cycle. My cycle is usually the same every month- light/moderate with light PMS symptoms. I have recently come to the realization I may have an eating disorder and have been unintentionally not eating enough in the past few months, which i read can affect my cycle. My period was heavy in November, but never came in December. I would consider myself small and have lost 8 pounds by the end of December. Now, I am supposed to get my period this week… Read more »