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I take expire birth control pills that is way old have sex think it was ok, but see my period could i still get pregnant the pills i toke i got them in june 2010, but that was my last taking them cause i wasn't sexual active on till now 2012 when i went

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Most : Most medications have an expiration date and it is always safest to check it before you use the medication. The other thing to keep in mind about birth control pills is that when you are restarting them after being off of them for a while, you need to use a back-up method of birth control for the first 7 days you are on them. The pills may not protect you from pregnancy in those first 7 days. As far as finding out if you are pregnant, you can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period. A blood test can tell if you are pregnant as soon as 7 days after conception and a doctor's urine pregnancy test can tell if you are pregnant around when you next period should come. If you are not pregnant, talk to your doctor about restarting the pill or finding another form of birth control that works for you. Good luck!

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