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How Likely Are You To Get Pregnant On Birth Control Pills
Yes: All forms of birth control have their own success/failure rate. Anything from a physician will have a very high success rate but they do fail occasionally. I recommend discussing this with your family physician or ob. They can fill in the details and discuss all the options. If you really want to reduce your risk of pregnancy then using condoms in addition to birth control is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more
Uncommon, but...: If taken properly and reliably birth control is a very effective means of reducing the chance of becoming pregnant (around a 1-3% failure rate). The common reasons for birth control 'failure' is being noncompliant with the medication or taking another medication that interferes with the birth control pill (some antibiotics for example reduce BC effectiveness). ...Read more
Unlikely: Fluid prior to ejaculation comes from a gland in the urethra so it rarely contains sperm but can especially if the man recently ejaculated. Also, some men can't tell pre-ejaculate from rapid ejaculation and that's why withdraw method is unreliable birth control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
VERY RARELY: In the prescribing info, it is said that taking certain antibiotics may reduce the potency or effectiveness of birth control pills. In my experience, I have never seen this in over 30 years of practice. At your age of 44, conception under any circumstances may be unlikely, though it does occur. ...Read more
Not likely: No form of birth control is 100% except absolute abstinence. Oral contraceptives are 98% effective when taken as prescribed - very effective. Missing doses will decrease their effectiveness. If you are good about taking your medicine daily then the likelihood of pregnancy is extremely low. Remember OCPs don't protect against STDs so we always recommend barrier protection for health safety. ...Read more
Birth control pill: You need to know how to take birth control pill properly. You have to take it everyday, in the same time. Don't miss any day- that will obviously increase the risk to get pregnant. Some medication like certain antibiotic etc can decrease the absorption of the birth control pills and make it less efficacious and that will increase risk for pregnancy. Discuss further with your gyne. ...Read more
Not enough time to o: When taking the placebo pills, (esp. If the placebo pills last a full week-b/c newer pills have only a 2-4 day placebo interval) there is some prelim. Production of fsh to stim prod of some early cysts, but not quite enough time usually to allow for a dominant follicle/egg to begin maturomg/get released before starting to suppress t hem again when re-starting the active hormone pills. ...Read more
Does sex during ovulation matter when you're on birth control? And can you still get your period on birth control if you were to get pregnant?
Why are you still protected on the inactive birth control pills but can get pregnant if you skip an active pill?
Both are risky: Pill failure can occur when any pill is missed - usually takes more than a few - but- the most important pills not to miss or delay are the starting pills in the next pack. Any delay or missed pills may allow a rise in fsh and lh - which could lead to an unintended pregnancy. Protection during the inactive pills only lasts about 3 days or so - there is an advantage of a 24 - 26 day pill. ...Read more
Nope.: The ovary at first and the placenta subsequently produce manifold amount of female hormones compared to the birth control pills - so your period ceases during pregnancy regardless of ocp consumption. If you have doubts, check a home pregnancy test to be sure. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily! ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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