Naturally the point of taking birth control pills is to not get pregnant, but even with proper and devout use you have a 1% chance of getting pregnant. Missing a pill, taking the pill at a different time of day, and throwing up within a half hour of taking the pill can increase this chance. Being that nearly 80% of all women have at some point used the birth control pill to prevent pregnancy, even 1% is a lot of women.
How will I know if I’m pregnant while on birth control pill?
One of the primary ways most women discover they are pregnant is to miss a period. The catch with the chance of becoming pregnant while taking the pill is that many women experience missed periods or lighter periods while taking the pill. That way when they miss a period, or experience light implantation bleeding they don’t suspect pregnancy.
The only way to know if you are pregnant while taking the pill is to take a pregnancy test. Contrary to some belief, a pregnancy test will not be affected by birth control. This is because pregnancy tests detect a hormone not present in birth control. You will however need to know when your period should be so that you don’t test too early.
This is why even if you are taking a birth control pill designed to make you no longer have periods such as seasonique, you should note the time you used to usually have a period and track it on your calendar. For example if when you did have your period you found marking it on the calendar it was 5 days every 28 days continue to note this time frame each month so that you know when your period should be if you had one.
This doesn’t mean you need to take a pregnancy test every single month. It’s rare that pregnancy comes without other lesser known symptoms. You can read a full list of early pregnancy symptoms by clicking the phrase in this sentence.
Should I stop taking my birth control pill if I think I’m pregnant?
Even if you think you just suspect you may be pregnant, you should stop taking your birth control pill until you confirm you are not. Remember if you don’t take your pill even for one day you are more likely to become pregnant if you have unprotected sex if you are not already pregnant. Missing more than a day can lessen the effectiveness of birth control up to seven days even after you have resumed use. You should use a back up method in the meantime.
Is there any risks to my baby if I become pregnant while on the birth control pill?
While there are no known birth defect caused by becoming pregnant while on birth control it has been shown to possibly increase the chance of low birth weight and premature labor. In rare cases involving certain types of birth control the development of female sex organs can be affected.
Becoming pregnant while on the birth control pill does come as a big surprise to most women, however if you do decide to keep your baby feel assured that even if you were not aware you were pregnant and used birth control for awhile before discovering so, your baby will be fine. Figuring out your pregnant while on the pill can be a bit more difficult, but not impossible.
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