Most of the time, if a woman gets pregnant while she is on oral contraceptives, it is a mistake on her part by either not taking them properly or not using back when appropriate. Oral contraceptives work first and foremost by preventing ovulation. If there is no egg released, there can be no baby no matter how many sperm there are. If a woman misses pills, she ups her risk for ovulation happening. Whenever you miss a pill you have to use back up protection or abstain from sex for the next seven days just in case you have ovulated. Another mistake is not using back up while on antibiotics. Certain antibiotics reduce how effective the Pill is, possibly leading to ovulation, so if you are put on antibiotics you must use back up barrier protection, like condoms, the entire time that you are on antibiotics and for seven days after you finish them. Withdrawing the penis before ejaculation doesnt count as back up. Condoms work best. Men secrete sperm all throughout the sex act so withdrawal is a wasted gesture. If women have their partners withdraw instead of using barrier back up she can get pregnant. Finally, birth control pills are not magic, they change hormones and hormone triggers in the body. This takes time to occur so when a woman starts oral contraceptives, she needs to start them either within 24 hours of starting her period (Day 1) or the first Sunday following. It is best to wait seven days before having unprotected sex (without condoms) to give the Pill time to work to prevent ovulation. Even better is to use condoms for a full cycle, especially if she decides to start any day other than Day 1 or the first Sunday following the start of her period. Make sense?
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