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If I am on the birth control pill and i start my menstrual cycle three days early, could the pill not be working? Could i be pregnant?

If I am on the birth control pill and i start my menstrual cycle three days early, could the pill not be working? Could i be pregnant?

Asked and Answered: No. As you have been told bleeding is not in any way a sign of pregnancy. Even on birth control please ask a new question or give other patients time to ask their questions on this incredible application. If you doubt this answer then fourteen days after your sexual encounter you can do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Could I get pregnant on the pill?

Could I get pregnant on the pill?

Yes but rarely: Typical failure rate for combined oral contraceptives or 'pill' is 6 to 9%. There is a slim chance to get pregnant despite taking a birth control pill ...Read more

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Could i be pregnant if i missed the first pill on my birth control pack?

Could i be pregnant if i missed the first pill on my birth control pack?

Yes: Extending the interval of time that you are off the hormone pills increases the risk of ovulation and potentially pregnancy. The first pills are the worst to miss. ...Read more

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Discharge on the Depo-Provera can I be pregnant?

Discharge on the Depo-Provera can I be pregnant?

Always possible: No birth control method is perfect. If you think you might be pregnant, take a test now and repeat the test in two weeks. An abnormal vaginal discharge is not a sign of pregnancy in most cases and should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I am on the pill and the implant stopped taking the pill but no bleeding could I be pregnant?

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I am on the pill and the implant stopped taking the pill but no bleeding could I be pregnant?

Pill & implant?: Wait, you have birth control implant in place AND were taking birth control pill, too, for a while? Why? So if you stopped taking birth control pill, you still have your birth control implant in place, right? Which should still be protecting you & preventing pregnancy. Irregular menses are expected upon stopping any hormone birth control as body adjusts. But to be sure, take home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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If im on the pill and still developed a cyst, could I fall pregnant while on the pill too?

If im on the pill and still developed a cyst, could I fall pregnant while on the pill too?

No: Even though you have developed a cyst ,the hormonal levels provided by the pills ,should syill suppress ovulation. ...Read more

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Could i be pregnant or is it my birth control? My IUD was placed wrong and i had unprotected sex. The doctor took the IUD out and put me on an oral birth control. I am having pregnancy symptoms but the test came out negative. Could i be pregnant? Wha

Could i be pregnant or is it my birth control? My IUD was placed wrong and i had unprotected sex.  The doctor took the IUD out and put me on an oral birth control.  I am having pregnancy symptoms but the test came out negative. Could i be pregnant?  Wha

Not likely: Birth control pills can cause pregnancy-like side effects--nausea, breast tenderness, mood changes, especially in the first 3 months. Typically those side effects go away fairly quickly. You should wait and see if your period comes as expected. If not, do a pregnancy test. Keep taking the pills daily without missing any for them to be most effective. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of not having a period bc I took home test and it came out negative also I been on birth control and Idk what it could be?

No period: I would repeat the home test in a week. Use pee from first thing when you get up in morning. If still negative, pretty good chance you are not pregnant. Many reasons why your period may be late. Continue your bc pill as you normally would. If no period in another week, I would check home preg test again. If still neg, should have period at end of next pill pack. If not see your gyn. ...Read more

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Late on my period... I was on the Depo-Provera but just switched to the pill is this why I might be late?

Late on my period... I was on the Depo-Provera but just switched to the pill is this why I might be late?

Possibly: Often, after stopping Depo-Provera provera, (medroxyprogesterone) it can take months for your cycle to normalize. If you have had unprotected sex recently, it is probably a good idea to check a pregnancy test just to be sure. ...Read more

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I had a positive pregnancy test while on the Depo-Provera and always on time with it. Could it be true? Can you get pregs on the depo?

I had a positive pregnancy test while on the Depo-Provera and always on time with it. Could it be true? Can you get pregs on the depo?

Depo is highly : Reliable. However, you have to be sure the patient isn't pregnant when started on depo. Is that a possibility? ...Read more

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If you had intercourse on a saturday and then the next saturday you starting bleeding could you be pregnant? Even on the birth control quasense?

If  you had intercourse on a saturday and then the next saturday you starting bleeding could you be pregnant? Even on the birth control quasense?

Low chance. : If you've been using the birth control consistently and without interruption, there's a very low chance you're pregnant (less than about 5% chance with typical use). This could be some spotting which can happen when taking birth control. You can take an at home urine pregnancy test to put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Why am I bleeding and having pregnancy symptoms after a month on being on the Depo-Provera shot? Could I be that 1% that get pregnant??

Why am I bleeding and having pregnancy symptoms after a month on being on the Depo-Provera shot? Could I be that 1% that get pregnant??

Doubtful: Bleeding is NOT a pregnancy symptom and you don't say what other symptoms you are having that lead you to believe you are pregnant. Bleeding during the first months of Depo is not all that uncommon. If pregnancy test is negative, then the symptoms you are experiencing are more liely related to hormonal shifts related to your use of the Depo than from any other reason. ...Read more

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Worried that I could be pregnant on a cycle that I took drugs?

Worried that I could be pregnant on a cycle that I took drugs?

Quit taking drugs: It is not possible to determine what specific effect any given drug could cause with a very early pregnancy. If the drugs are out of your system before ovulation they will have no effect on the pregnancy. Ovulation typically occurs 12-16 days after the start of your period. However, the best response to your question is to advise you to quit taking drugs. ...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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If i ovulated on the 7th and had intercourse on the same night could i be pregnant? And would the morning after pill work if i took it on the 11th?

If i ovulated on the 7th and had intercourse on the same night could i be pregnant? And would the morning after pill work if i took it on the 11th?

~85% chance it works: Some thoughts... Consider taking a morning-after pill as soon as possible, because the sooner the better. If no normal regular period comes in a couple of weeks, one can consider checking a urine pregnancy test. If having sex and not on a birth control pill or other reliable method, then a woman should always carry condoms wherever she goes (that means keeping them in her purse, pocket, etc...). ...Read more

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Could you become pregnant on the nuvaring?

Could you become pregnant on the nuvaring?

Very unlikely: If you are using the NuvaRing as directed - changing the ring once a week, and not going longer than one week between using it when you have a period, it's extremely unlikely you can become pregnant while doing so. ...Read more

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Could I get pregnant on the pill?

Yes but rarely: Typical failure rate for combined oral contraceptives or 'pill' is 6 to 9%. There is a slim chance to get pregnant despite taking a birth control pill ...Read more

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I had brown discharge a week & half before period due, when period was due had brown discharge & lasted only one day, could i be pregnant? Im on pill

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Spotted on the 16th had pink/brown discharge then i had spotting on the 21st and again the 24 could i be pregnant on bc pills?

Spotted on the 16th had pink/brown discharge then i had spotting on the 21st and again the 24 could i be pregnant on bc pills?

Just take a test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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I had nausea two days ago and i felt nausea again today.I felt like throwing up..Im 18 yrs old nd on birthcontrol .Could i get pregnant while on pill?

I had nausea two days ago and i felt nausea again today.I felt like throwing up..Im 18 yrs old nd on birthcontrol .Could i get pregnant while on pill?

Yes: The risk of getting pregnant on the pill is at least 1/200. That varies depending on the type of "pill" as well as whether it is being used perfectly. Failure to take exactly as instructed increases chances of pregnancy. ...Read more

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I take seasonique, i forgot to take my pill after having sex that night and the next day. Could i be pregnant? I took my pill the day before sex

I take seasonique, i forgot to take my pill after having sex that night and the next day. Could i be pregnant? I took my pill the day before sex

Birth control pills: For seasonique or any other birth control to optimally protect against pregnancy, you need to take your pills consistently. Taking a pill the day before sex will provide no special protection. Daily dosing must be continued. Pregnancy is possible with missed pills and sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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Could i be pregnant? I missed two pills of the last three of my pack last month on the 14th and 15th (jan). I had sex on the 15th and realized my missed pills around midnight and took 2. I had sex on the 16th and took my pill (the last of the pack) that e

Could i be pregnant? I missed two pills of the last three of my pack last month on the 14th and 15th (jan). I had sex on the 15th and realized my missed pills around midnight and took 2. I had sex on the 16th and took my pill (the last of the pack) that e

Pregnancy : Pregnancy is a possibility. Please take a pregnancy test, and if it is negative wait two days and take another one. If it is still negative and you are still spotting, then please have a medical evaluation to rule out other possibilities. If you have pain, light-headedness, or new symptoms then please be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Could i be pregnant? Came off the pill 6 weeks ago and still no sign of period. I bled when on the pill

Could i be pregnant? Came off the pill 6 weeks ago and still no sign of period. I bled when on the pill

Yes: You can be pregnant if you had unprotected intercourse. You can get pregnant before you get a period after a delivery or after stopping birth control pills. ...Read more

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I have gotten a few light pink spots when wiping. My bf fingered me 2 days ago and might of had cum on his fingers prior. Could I be pregnant? On pill

I have gotten a few light pink spots when wiping. My bf fingered me 2 days ago and might of had cum on his fingers prior. Could I be pregnant?
On pill

Unlikely: If you are taking the pill regularly, you are not likely to get pregnant from what you described. The bleeding/spotting may be from the trauma of fingering. Stay on the pill. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My period is 5days late taking progestin only pills for 5 months. Never late before. Could I be pregnant? I take the pills at the same time every day!

My period is 5days late taking progestin only pills for 5 months. Never late before. Could I be pregnant? I take the pills at the same time every day!

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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If I am on birth control and use a condom and pull out method. Could i be pregnant. Took pill couple hours late sometimes. Period due today but late?

If I am on birth control and use a condom and pull out method. Could i be pregnant. Took pill couple hours late sometimes.  Period due today but late?

Not likely: As stated, if you are on birth control, are using condoms, and use the pull out method on top of that...The chance of you getting pregnant are unlikely, but there are no 100% guarantees. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could i be pregnant? I had sex the last day of my period and my husband ejaculated iside of me. It was the same day I should have started active pills but did not. Could i be pregnant? *active pills meaning a new pack of bcp. Also, i was on the herbal equ

Could i be pregnant? I had sex the last day of my period and my husband ejaculated iside of me. It was the same day I should have started active pills but did not. Could i be pregnant? *active pills meaning a new pack of bcp. Also, i was on the herbal equ

There : There is always a possibility of pregnancy when there is unprotected sex irregardless of what time of month it is. Have you missed a period yet? As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear that a young, fertile woman is having a missed period or abnormal spotting, we check a pregnancy test. 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. ...Read more

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My boyfriend and i had unprotected sex. He didn't cum inside me. Could i be pregnant? Im on the pill but on the placebo week i started the placebos on sunday night we had unprotected sex monday but he didn't cum inside me. I got my period on the scheduled

My boyfriend and i had unprotected sex. He didn't cum inside me. Could i be pregnant? Im on the pill but on the placebo week i started the placebos on sunday night we had unprotected sex monday but he didn't cum inside me. I got my period on the scheduled

If : If you take the pill every day at the same time every day as instructed, then you have a 99% chance of not getting pregnant regardless of what time of month you have sex. The placebo week just causes the drop in hormones you would usually have without the pill in order for you to have a period. You are still protected from pregnancy during this time. Since you also had your period on your regularly scheduled day, it makes it extremely unlikely you could be pregnant. If you still or unsure or concerned, you can call your doctor or take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 6 weeks since your last normal period. Just as an aside, "pulling out" is not an effective form of contraception because men will release some sperm along with other fluids during sex, but before orgasm. The only form of birth control that also helps protect against sexually transmitted diseases (stds) is the condom. The pill will not protect you from stds, just pregnancy. ...Read more

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If i took my bc trivora28 8 hours later than suposed to could i get pregnant? It was a pill from the third week but i took it 8 hours later ?

Unlikely: First, birth control is not 100% effective, so there is always a tiny risk of pregnancy even if taken perfectly. In answer to your question, though, no increase in risk if it is taken within 24 hours of when it was due, as long as you get back on track and keep on schedule with subsequent pills. ...Read more

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Could i get pregnant for missing one pill on a high fertility day?

Could i get pregnant for missing one pill on a high fertility day?

Possible...: A woman can get pregnant if her body somehow managed to ovulate because she missed a pill, but it is not very likely. One cannot tell for sure! so, a urine pregnancy can be done after the next period, or 2-3 weeks after having sex. At those times, the test is quite accurate (if done correctly and read correctly). ...Read more

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If im on the pill and still developed a cyst, could I fall pregnant while on the pill too?

No: Even though you have developed a cyst ,the hormonal levels provided by the pills ,should syill suppress ovulation. ...Read more

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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

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

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! ...Read more

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I'm on levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) ED i don't get my period till the 3rd day of my sugar pill. And i had sex yesterday could i get pregnant on the sugar pill?

No: If you took all of the active pills correctly, there is like 0.001% or no chance of pregnancy. The last several pills of a birth control pack are "blanks". The only purpose they serve is to keep up your habit of taking the pill on schedule. Nothing more. As a placebo researcher, i'd prefer those pills be called blanks, not sugar pills, since they have a different purpose - nothing to do with hope. ...Read more