I started my new pack of birth control on the 7th of June. (I skipped a month of birth control but was not having sex) My last period was the 10 of may. I missed a few days of birth control but double up the next days that i have missed. I didn't take them at the exact time everyday. Im on my 4th suger pill. I haven't gotten my period. Could i be pregnant?
Birth control pills should be started either Day 1 of your period (the day you start) or the first Sunday after. Some manufacturers claim if you start Day 1, you do not need back up protection. If you start the Sunday following the start of your period, you need back up barrier protection for the first seven consecutive days of taking active pills. After seven consecutive active pills you are considered "protected" from pregnancy. If you do not start your pills at period time, the hormones can throw your cycle off considerably. You should use back up barrier protection (condoms) for the first seven days of active pills, better yet is to use condoms the whole first cycle before you consider yourself protected but at minimum, you must use back up for the first seven days. Even with perfect use of birth control pills meaning one pill a day every day at about the same time of day, the pill is about 98-99.9% effective. No method is 100% except not having sex at all (abstinence). Anytime you miss pills, you should take them as soon as you remember even if it means taking two at a time, You should never take more than two at a time however. If you miss two days pills, you should take two the day you discover the miss (the pill for that day plus one of the missed ones then two the next day-that days and the second missed one) If you miss three or more in a row, you should throw out the pack (you have missed enough that likely you will start your withdrawal bleed anyway) and start a new pack that day AND ANYTIME you miss one or more pills, you need to use back up barrier protection until you have taken 7 consecutive days of active pills otherwise there is a chance for pregnancy. The more pills you miss the greater the chance. It is optimal to try to take your pill within one hour either way of your chosen time. This helps the pill be at it most effective. For example, say you pick 4pm, your pill should be taken somewhere between 3pm and 5pm to be considered "on time" If on occasion you are a little later, it is no big deal but if you are consistently taking your pill at all hours, you reduce their effectiveness. You should try to keep no more than 24 hours between pills at all times. When you go over 24 hours between pills you increase chances for ovulation to occur. The same with missing pills, when you miss a pill you risk a chance of ovulating. The pill prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation from occurring. If no egg is released, there can be no baby no matter how many sperm are present in a woman's reproductive organs. There is a chance that you were already pregnant when you began your pill if your last period was May 10th and you started your pill June 7th. You period can start anytime during the week of inactive pills. On average, most women start on the 3rd or 4th day. It may also change from month to month where you may not always start on the same day. You should start your new pack right when it is due no matter when your bleeding started. If you miss pills mid month and bleed then, you may not have a period during your inactive week because your uterine lining has already shed. So you may start yet. If your period is more than a week late, you should probably perform a pregnancy test.
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