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I missed 5 birthcontrol pills could i be pregnant? Im on ortho tri-cyclin lo and i missed more than 5 pills could i be pregnant?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

The pill works primarily by stopping eggs from being released.
Skip several and an egg can be released. If you have had sex in the interval you could get pregnant. Invest in a home pregnancy test. If you are not now consider a different form of BC. An IUD or implanted BC works better if you are the forgetful type.

In brief: Yes

The pill works primarily by stopping eggs from being released.
Skip several and an egg can be released. If you have had sex in the interval you could get pregnant. Invest in a home pregnancy test. If you are not now consider a different form of BC. An IUD or implanted BC works better if you are the forgetful type.
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes.

Yes. You are at risk for getting pregnant.
With each pill you miss, the efficacy of the pill decreases. If you miss 3 pills, it is always recommended to throw the rest of the pack away, use a back up birth control method (i.E condoms) and restart a new pack on the first day (or first sunday) of your period. You must use a back up method until then, and for atleast 7 days after restarting your pill. In the meantime, the pregnancy hormone can be detected in your urine 14 days after conception. Take a pregnancy test to ensure.

In brief: Yes.

Yes. You are at risk for getting pregnant.
With each pill you miss, the efficacy of the pill decreases. If you miss 3 pills, it is always recommended to throw the rest of the pack away, use a back up birth control method (i.E condoms) and restart a new pack on the first day (or first sunday) of your period. You must use a back up method until then, and for atleast 7 days after restarting your pill. In the meantime, the pregnancy hormone can be detected in your urine 14 days after conception. Take a pregnancy test to ensure.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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