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A 21-year-old female asked:

is it possible to get pregnant if i stop taking the pill? is it possible to get pregnant if i stop taking birth control pills two days after having unprotected sex? even if i had my period a few days after?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Musinski
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Yes. : Yes. Stopping oral contraceptives will trigger "withdrawal" bleeding which is not the same as your period. Was there a reason for stopping other than finishing the pack?
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
BCP's/pregnancy ?: Each month of taking combination oral bcp's usually involves taking seven days of placebo pills (which contain no hormones), so stopping the active pills for less than seven days will still preserve protection. Ovulation will not take place just by stopping within a couple days of unprotected sex.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Pregnancy test: Agree with Dr. B. If you had a period after sex, you are not pregnant. If you have any doubt, you may do a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after the episode of sex in question. Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, and get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health! Nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

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Last updated Dec 8, 2018

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