I have been on Lutera for a good 2 1/2-3 years now and decided to have unprotected sex. I am sexually active and have always used both pill and condoms but my bf and I decided to not use them for the first time... on top of that there was one day of this month where I took the pill 3 hours late(but i always take it the same time and that's 11 am). Are there any chances of me becoming pregnant?
There is always a chance because no birth control method is 100% effective other than abstinance. However, birth control pills alone are very effective when taken properly. One should be taking them every day, at roughly the same time of day. Missing by an hour or so each way is no big deal and doesnt increase your chances of becoming pregnant to any appreciable degree. Pills are about 98.99% effective at preventing pregnancy. What that means is out of 100 women on the pill for a year, 1-2 get pregnant. Condoms are added to the pill regimen mainly to prevent STDs, not to prevent conception. If you are monogamous, it becomes your choice as to whether you want to use condoms. If you are a person who is inconsistent with using your pills then I advise back up, like a condom, but if you religiously take your pill, you will be fine without them. If you do miss a pill, you need to revert back to using condoms as back up for at least 7 days after the missed pill. If you are placed on antibiotic therapy for infection, you need to use condom back up because antibiotics are a drug that interferes with the effects of the pill and you can become pregnant while on antibiotics if you dont use a form of back up. I hope that answers your questions.
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