Can I Get Pregnant on the Pill?

Published: November 20, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Can I be pregnant if I’m on the pill, I had one ovary and one Fallopian tube, but my boyfriend ejaculated inside me?
Signed: Can I Get Pregnant on the Pill?

Dear Can I Get Pregnant on the Pill?,

When taken consistently, the birth control pill is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. FX places an emphasis on the importance of taking the pill at the same time every day. Some methods to ensure this consistency include:

  • Set a recurring alarm that reminds you to take your pill. It does not matter what time of day you take the pill, just as long as it is consistent. TeenHealthFX recommends choosing a time when you are normally alone and less distracted, such as the morning. 
  • Check out Planned Parenthood's Spot On App, a period tracker that lets you track both your period and any birth control method that affects it.   

 

TeenHealthFX recommends that all sexually active teenagers use condoms every time they have sexual intercourse. Condoms are the only form of birth control that protect from sexually transmitted infections, and should be used in addition to another form of birth control for best protection.   

With one ovary and one fallopian tube, pregnancy is still possible. In order for pregnancy to occur, sperm must come into contact with the vagina. Since your boyfriend ejaculated inside of you, there is a possibility that you could be pregnant. The most accurate way to determine this is by conducting a pregnancy test. You can purchase this test from your local drug store, or visit your doctor in order to have a blood test done by a medical professional. If you choose a home drug test, keep in mind that the optimal time to conduct this test is the day after your period is due and during the first morning urine.  

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. 

FX also suggests that you check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and more. The more educated you are about these topics, the more likely you will make healthy decisions for yourself when it comes to your sexual health.  

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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