I am 19 and have been taking lutera for almost a year now. It has been 3 weeks since I have had unprotected sex. I have continued to take the pill even though I have all the signs of being pregnant besides the missed period. I cant take a test cuz my family will know im sexually active. I have less than 2 weeks til my next doctor appointment. Could I be pregnant and what should I do if I am?
Have you missed any pills? If not, then you DID NOT have "unprotected" sex as far as contraception is concerned. Going without condoms while you are on the pill may be "unprotected" in regards to sexually transmitted diseases but not for pregnancy! Once you have been on the Pill for more than seven days, you are "protected" against pregnancy even during your week of inert pills! You may still want to use condoms to protect against STD's but you dont have to use them for contraception sake. If you have been on Lutera for a year and you have not missed pills and are taking them at roughly the same time every day then you are about as protected as you can be. Side effects of the pill can mimic some of the signs of pregnancy. You can be nauseated, bloated, constipated and have tender breasts. These can all be side effects from the pill. From what I'm reading, it doesnt even sound like you have missed a period yet!! Now and then you may even miss a period or have spotting only and this is not that unusual. Wait until you are actually missing a period or two before you start to freak out, ok? lol It is a great idea to use condoms from a protection against STDs standpoint but you dont have to if you and your partner are monogamous (having sex with one partner only). IF in fact, you ARE pregnant, you would want to stop taking the pill as soon as you knew for sure that you are but DONT stop taking the pill until you are tested and know FOR SURE you are pregnant. It is very rare but it can be a possiblity to become pregnant while on the pill. It is usually due to a woman missing a pill and not using back up for seven days after or if she is on an antibiotic and doesnt use back up while she is on the antibiotic and for seven days after she finishes them. The pill is about 99.98% effective when used correctly (each and every day at roughly the same time every day) so no worries! Even if you didnt use a condom, you were still protected against pregnancy.
- Lutera Information for Consumers
- Lutera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lutera (detailed)
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