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Will the First 8 days of taking birth control pills protect me against. Unwanted pregnancy?

Will the First 8 days of taking birth control pills protect me against. Unwanted pregnancy?

Not Always: It is safer to use back up contraception (birth control) until you have completed at least one full cycle of pills. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

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


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Just started birth control pills again.Had unprotected sex on last day of my active pills.Am i protected against pregnancy? Is first month effective?

Just started birth control pills again.Had unprotected sex on last day of my active pills.Am i protected against pregnancy? Is first month effective?

No: You are not considered protected during you first month of birth control pills. It is recommended to use another method as well. If pertinent to you remember pills do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases so keep that in mind too. ...Read more

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Can you rely only on birth control pills when having sex to prevent pregnancy? with the same partner and never missing a pill.

Can you rely only on birth control pills when having sex to prevent pregnancy? with the same partner and never missing a pill.

Should: If taking properly, birth control pills are very effective, upwards of 99% effective. Other medications though, like antibiotics, may decrease the effectiveness of them and there are rare cases of pregnancy despite taking the pill. Chances are in you r favor of not being pregnant if taking the pill appropriately. ...Read more

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Early signs of pregnancy? Earlier in the month, I got my period 3 days before my first packet of birth control pills ended (the white pills) and by the time I finished my period I was still on the brown pills. I had sex 2 times unprotected. The past cou

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I missed three of my birth control pills in the same week. One of the day's was a Friday and I had unprotected sex. The next day I started bleeding a light flow. Would I be at risk for a pregnancy? Also, if I didn't take any pills the following week and h

Yes: Oral contraceptives are highly effective when used properly. Only 3 in 1000 women using OCPs will become pregnant in a year of perfectly consistent use, ie, taking 1 pill at the same time every day. BUT, OCPs as they are typically used are frequently associated with unintended pregnancy because of missed pills. It is very possible that you are pregnant because you missed 3 of 5 pills in one week. ...Read more

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I took a pregnancy test on the 4th week of my birth control pills. 11 days have passed since I had sex & it came out negative. could I be pregnant?

I took a pregnancy test on the 4th week of my birth control pills. 11 days have passed since I had sex & it came out negative. could I be pregnant?

Too soon to test: Conception, as defined by the generation of a fertilized ovum, occurs within day or so of the sex. However, it takes about two weeks for the embryo to make enough HCG to produce a positive pregnancy test. Blood test may be done a day after a missed period. Home pregnancy tests should be done 4-5 days after the missed period. Use first morning urine and follow instructions for the test carefully. ...Read more

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Can you get cramps about a week before your assumed period while on birth control pills? Should I be worried about pregnancy since it's a sign of it?

Can you get cramps about a week before your assumed period while on birth control pills? Should I be worried about pregnancy since it's a sign of it?

No reason: to think that you are pregnant if you are taking the bcp as directed. The cramps could come from many different things including the hormones from the pills themselves. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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