Hi, I'm taking the birth control Lutera and I had had unprotected sex. I take my birth control everyday normally at the same time every day, but every once in a while I'll be a few minutes late or a few hours late.Also I'm a week away from having my period. Do you think my chances of becoming pregnant are high? My doctor gave me an Ella contraceptive pill, should I take it anyways or just leave everything alone?
I'm not sure why you would think you could be pregnant. There is about 0.5% chance of you being pregnant. When taken correctly, there is under a 1% chance of pregnancy. And you are taking them correctly. What would a week away from your period have to do with it? I'm not being sarcastic asking this, I really want to know. We get so many questions about the pill that a couple of us nurses are trying to come up with an answer that explains it all, and I need to know what confuses people.
You should just leave it alone. Being a few minutes or even hours late taking your pill doesn't make it not work or even not work as well. It's not taking it at all that causes the problem. Relax, you're fine. Like Kaismama said, if you're not monogamous - or you even suspect that he might not be - it's always best to use a condum. Best of luck to you! :)
How long have you been on Lutera? If you have been on Lutera longer than a week then you should be protected against pregnancy. The only reason to use condoms past the first seven days of starting the pill is to prevent STDs, not pregnancy. Some docs prefer you be on the pill for at least one cycle before having sex without condoms. As long as you didnt miss any pills and were taking the Pill longer than a week you shouldnt get pregnant.
- Lutera Information for Consumers
- Lutera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lutera (detailed)
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