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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Can you get pregnant during breakthrough bleeding? Are you fertile when you're breakthrough bleeding?

Can you get pregnant during breakthrough bleeding? Are you fertile when you're breakthrough bleeding?

Yes: Many women will have spotting (ie. Breakthrough bleeding) at the time of ovulation, which is the most fertile time of the cycle. Some women have anovulatory bleeding - of course they are not likely to conceive, as they are not ovulating.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can you get pregnant during breakthrough bleeding in you have unprotected sex one day before ovulation?

Can you get pregnant during breakthrough bleeding in you have unprotected sex one day before ovulation?

Very rarely: For women taking birth control pills (OCP's) properly and consistently, the chance of pregnancy is reported to be 0.3% per year, or 1 pregnancy in 333 women each year. A woman is protected all days of the month, regardless of breakthrough bleeding, regardless of ovulation. (The actual pregnancy rate in the "real world" is reported to be at least 3% on OCP's, or 1 pregnancy in 33 women each year.)

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can I get pregnant during a breakthrough bleeding?

Can I get pregnant during a breakthrough bleeding?

You could: Become pregnant if you have sex near time of ovulation. Sometimes there could be a little bleeding with ovulation.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can you get a positive pregnancy during breakthrough bleeding?

Can you get a positive pregnancy during breakthrough bleeding?

If you have bleeding: ; are actually pregnant then yes, a pregnancy test can show + if the HCG level is high enough. But if you experience bleeding and you are not pregnant- the pregnancy test will be negative. The test measures for HCG - not for bleeding.

Dr. Mary David Dr. David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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I was bleeding during sex. Got 4th depo shot may 1. Could I get pregnant from breakthrough bleeding?

I was bleeding during sex. Got 4th depo shot may 1. Could I get pregnant from breakthrough bleeding?

No: DepoProvera protects you well against pregnancy and break through bleeding does not reduce that protection

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Karen Jones Dr. Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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If I am on the pill & had breakthrough bleeding, is it likely that I may be pregnant if I don't get my period during the sugar pills?

If I am on the pill & had breakthrough bleeding, is it likely that I may be pregnant if I don't get my period during the sugar pills?

Not very likely: When a woman is on bcp and has break through bleeding, sometimes she won't bleed when she's on the sugar pills. Often break through bleeding can be caused by taking the pills late or missing one or two. The first time this happens - not bleeding on the sugar pills - I recommend a woman check a pregnancy test just to make sure.

Dr. Grant Linnell Dr. Linnell
Radiology
20 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can I get pregnant while breakthrough bleeding?

Can I get pregnant while breakthrough bleeding?

Yes: There is no time during a woman's cycle during which it is guaranteed that you cannot become pregnant. In other words, an ovulating woman can become pregnant anytime despite bleeding, timing, etc...

Dr. Bryan Treacy Dr. Treacy
Gynecology
31 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Might you get pregnant while missing pills and breakthrough bleeding?

Might you get pregnant while missing pills and breakthrough bleeding?

Yes: If birth control pills are missed, pregnancy protection is not available. Break through bleeding is usually from the drop in hormones when birth control pills are missed.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Can I get pregnant while taking the combined pill if breakthrough bleeding is occuring?

Can I get pregnant while taking the combined pill if breakthrough bleeding is occuring?

Still works: Breakthrough bleeding occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill.. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. The pill is still effective.

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I'm off the nuvaring. Its been about almost 2wks now. It seems that I'm having breakthrough bleeding. How soon can I get pregnant? How long it last?

I'm off the nuvaring. Its been about almost 2wks now. It seems that I'm having breakthrough bleeding. How soon can I get pregnant? How long it last?

Breakthru bleeding: By definition, breakthrough bleeding occurs while taking some form of hormonal birth control, not after stopping said contraception. So the fact that you're bleeding 2wks after removing your Nuvaring means that your body is attempting to return to its monthly hormonal cycle. So you can start trying to get pregnant. Of course, if you don't want to get pregnant, then use some (other) form of birth c

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I missed a pill on week 3, took two, 2 days later, and continued a 2nd packet straight away. I'm now having breakthrough bleeding. Can I get pregnant?

Doubtful: You are protected and the bleeding is most likely from doubling up on your pills. It will take 1-2 more packs for your cycle to regulate.

Dr. Edward Sung Dr. Sung
Obstetrics & Gynecology
50 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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Can you get pregnant w brrakthrough bleeding??? I have breakthrough bleeding. The first week after my period is my only week I don't bleed. After that

Can you get pregnant w brrakthrough bleeding??? I have breakthrough bleeding. The first week after my period is my only week I don't bleed. After that

Yes: Normally if you have 28 day cycles or any length cycles you are always fertile 20 days for 6 days from the next expected period so, sometimes you are more fertile during the spotting

Dr. Brad Douglas Dr. Douglas
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
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Dr. Yvette Westford Dr. Westford
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I took Plan B, & 5 days later I'm pretty sure I had "breakthrough bleeding". It lasted one day, & I had bad cramps. Should I get a pregnancy test?

I took Plan B, & 5 days later I'm pretty sure I had "breakthrough bleeding". It lasted one day, & I had bad cramps. Should I get a pregnancy test?

Of course, but later: Plan B can alter the menstrual bleeding for the cycle in which Plan B was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because Plan B works most of the time, but not all the time.

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