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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. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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.) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) and im due for my second injection on the 11 of august. I have breakthrough bleeding, if I have sex will I get pregnant?

You could: You can get pregnant on this birth control method regardless of breakthrough bleeding. This medication has a small failure rate and it would be uncommon for you to become pregnant on this. To your specific question you are no more likely to become pregnant during breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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Does breakthrough bleeding mean I am pregnant?

Does breakthrough bleeding mean I am pregnant?

No it doesn't: Mean that you are pregnant. When in doubt you can take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Can breakthrough bleeding happen if your pregnant? If yes, how common is it?

Can breakthrough bleeding happen if your pregnant? If yes, how common is it?

Vaginal bleeding: Bleeding in pregnancy is different than breakthrough bleeding as it has different causes. Spotting after sex, office exam and transvaginal ultrasound is common and come from the cervix usually, which bleeds easily in pregnancy. Bleeding more like a period can be from placenta previa, preterm labor, threatened or missed miscarriage (subchorionic bleeds). Only way to know for sure is call your OB ...Read more

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What is breakthrough bleeding? Does it mean I'm pregnant? How long can I expect it to last? 8days after my normal cycle and bleeding for the 2nd time!

What is breakthrough bleeding? Does it mean I'm pregnant? How long can I expect it to last? 8days after my normal cycle and bleeding for the 2nd time!

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding which is when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on birth control. 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. Pregnancy tests would work just fine and you can take one if concerned. ...Read more

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Could you be pregnant and still have breakthrough bleeding if you missed pills?

Could you be pregnant and still have breakthrough bleeding if you missed pills?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding is common but not normal therefore there is no normal time for it to last. When you skip pills you trigger bleeding. The birth control pills will regulate eventually. Consider another birth control method if remembering to take your pill is hard. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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Stopped pill, breakthrough bleeding. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

It is possible: But it is more likely a sign of hormones not yet cycling normally. It can take several months after stopping the pill for the periods to get back to whatever is normal for you. However check a pregnancy test if you have been having unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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What is "breakthrough" bleeding in a pregnancy?

What is "breakthrough" bleeding in a pregnancy?

That is a term: For when u are not preg, u can have bleeding in pregnancy from a variety of reasons that your OB should evaluate, some go away and do not cause problems some are more serious depending on what is the cause and how far along u are. ...Read more

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I am having breakthrough bleeding after 5 days of taking plan b...Does it indicate that I am pregnant?

I am having breakthrough bleeding after 5 days of taking plan b...Does it indicate that I am pregnant?

Irregular menses: Irregular menses/heavy bleeding/delayed menses (>7days)/lower abdominal pain are common side effects of plan b.If you took the Plan B within 72 hours of unprotected sex then the possibility of pregnancy is low. Do a pregnancy test if worried. See your doctor to discuss which birth control is right for you (plan b should not be used as routine contraceptive) practice safe sex (use condoms).Take care. ...Read more

Breakthrough Bleeding (Definition)

Breakthrough bleeding = vaginal bleeding ...Read more


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