I freak out over getting pregnant. It just happens. I've been on lutera for a month and 4 days and I had sex 2 days ago. My fertile days started yesterday and he came inside of me. I took all of my pills correctly except I took one of my pills 15 minutes late on accident. I want to know if I'm stupid for freaking out still?
Dear CT11, if you took all 21 active pills correctly, from the first pack before having unprotected sex, there may be a risk of pregnancy, but if you completed the first pack, correctly, took the inactives and took your next pack on time ( excluding a 15 minute late pill, that's ok) you are probably fine. Even while on the inactives, during the phase where you may have a period, you are still ok, as long as you took the first pack and used protection just during those first 21 pills. I hope I read this correctly, anyhow, you won't have fertile days unless you miss active pills, from tht point on. ANd you would probably have to miss more than one pill in a pack, to have fertile days. The pills tell your body you already pregnant, and it suppresses ovulation, that is how it works, so you won't ovulate again, unless you stop the pills or miss pills.even during the inactives, you will NOT ovulate, therefore you will be safe. Patti
I'm starting to think I need to post a statement that says "you do not ovulate or have a fertile period when you are on the pill". Why do you girls think you do? The only thing that happens when you are taking the sugar pills is that the withdrawal of the hormone causes you to have your period. If you are taking the pill correctly you will not get pregnant. Besides stopping ovulation it decreases the lining of the uterus making it a hostile environment for a fertilized egg, and it changes the mucous at the mouth of the uterus so that sperm can't get in. It is normal to have break thru bleeding and have very little or even no period once in a while. The other thing I feel needs to be said is that it doesn't take him cumming in you in order for you to get pregnant, therefore pulling out does nothing but give you a false sense of security.
Birth control pills, when taken correctly are about 98-99.9% effective. they are almost as effective as sterilization when taken correctly. As long as you take your pill at roughly the same time every day, by rough I mean in the morning or in the evening, you'll be okay. Even taking a pill late on occasion wont make much difference (15 minutes is not late at all) as long as you get a pill in every day! As the other posters state, you are not having "fertile days" anymore because the pill stops ovulation. It works 3 ways to prevent pregnancy-it stops ovulation, thins the uterine lining to make the uterus less hospitable to a fertilzed egg (in the off chance one is ever released) and it thickens cervical mucus so that the sperm find it difficult to "swim" to even find the egg (again, on the off chance one is ever released) Birth control pills are not magic. They are designed by chemical science.
The pill is designed so that women can relax and enjoy their sex life without worrying about unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. So STOP worrying!!! As long as you are taking one pill every day without any misses, at roughly the same time each day, and use back up if you do miss or if you take antibiotics, you arent going to get pregnant. It is quite rare indeed to have true birth control pill failure. Pill failure resulting in pregnancy is usually the fault of the woman by either missing pills and not using back up or taking them incorrectly.
15 minutes late is not considered late. Within an hour is considered as taking your pill around the same time everyday. You have been taking it as directed.
- Lutera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lutera (detailed)
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