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A 19-year-old female asked:

If you take birth control pills in a prescribed way that allows you to only have one period a year under doctor supervision can you still get pregnant?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes.: Even with optimal use, oral contraceptive pills have up to a 5% risk of unintended pregnancy. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily as long as you are sexually active.
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Yes: No birth control method is 100% effective. Birth control pills have a fairly good effectiveness but even they are not perfect. The only way to absolutely be sure of not getting pregnant is to not have any sexual activity. Otherwise, there is always some level of risk.

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