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Could I Be Pregnant From Skipping Some Days On The Pill?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
im 17 and ive been on the pill for over a year. i usually miss a couple days a month on taking my pills. two weeks ago, i had my period and never took the last two pills from that months pack, last week was my first week on this months pack, and just like me, i missed the first day, but took it along with the second day pill and after that i havent had a specific time on taking every pill. almost every night after i ended my period i have had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. i have been with a non stop headache, nausia, and major period-like-cramps for 3 days along with diarrhea sence yesterday, it is a greenish black substance. i am awear that missing a pill at the begining of the cycle is a high risk of becoming pregnant and also that you could get pregnancy symptoms as soon as 1 week after conception, depending on your body. my questions to you are: should i worry about being pregnant? how long should i wait to take a home pregancy test? and should i stop taking the pills incase i am pregnant? -the worried one
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Dear Could I Be Pregnant From Skipping Some Days On The Pill?,

 

To answer your first question, if you have not been taking your pill consistently and have been sexually active without any back-up method of birth control, it is possible that you are pregnant. As far as when to take a pregnancy test, there are early response pregnancy tests that claim they can detect when a woman is pregnant up to five days before her missed period. However, these are not accurate for every woman. So you can take an early response pregnancy test up to five days before your missed period. However, if it is negative FX recommends that you take another test the day of you missed period, and if that is negative you take another pregnancy test one week after your missed period.

 

If you are worried you are pregnant, FX also suggests that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist. You can also talk to your doctor about taking EC (emergency contraception), a pill that can prevent pregnancy – it is generally most effective when taken within a 72 hour period of time following intercourse. For more information, please read our answer to “What Does the Emergency Contraceptive Pill Do?”

 

As far as your second question about continuing to take your regular birth control pills, you can continue to take the pills as you normally would. However, since you have skipped days, make sure that you are using a back-up method of birth control right now in case you are not pregnant and do not want to become pregnant. The directions that came with your pill will indicate how long you need to use a back-up method – or you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.

 

TeenHealthFX would also like you to seriously consider the following:

  • The pill may not be the best birth control method for you since it sounds like you often forget to take it on a daily basis. FX strongly suggests that you discuss this with your doctor as there are other birth control options out there that might be better-suited to you and your needs. If you want to continue with the pill, but know that you can be forgetful about taking it, make sure that you use a condom each and every time you have sex.
  • FX also wants you to be aware that the pill does not protect against STDs. If you want to protect yourself from STDs, you need to use a condom each and every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact Girl’s Street – A Young Woman’s Health Program – at 908.522.2555.

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