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A 18-year-old female asked:

Confusion...possibly pregnant? i've been on birth control, missed a pill but took it the next day. had spotting for 4 days due to missing the pill then i stopped taking it to have my period. had unprotected sex the night i missed my pill. had my period f

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Dr. Scott Musinski
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Even : Even with perfect use you have some risk of pregancy using oral contraceptives or pills. You describe sex as unprotected yet you were taking the pill just not on the day you had sex. With lower dose pills missing one can trigger the breakthrough bleeding you describe.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Possibly: Your story sounds confusing-- but if you're confused too, do a pregnancy test, and avoid unprotected sex on the meantime before restarting your pills. Missed pills can cause spotting, and 1 missed pill is unlikely to cause a pill failure, but you may want to discuss other birth control options that are easier to remember.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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