Me and my boyfriend had sex on Saturday and he ejaculated in me. That was my last white pill before the sugar pills and I think I was ovulating. Can I be pregnant?
If you have been on the pill for at least 7 days, you dont ovulate anymore. This is how the pill works. Number one is to prevent ovulation, no egg=no pregnancy! The pill also works to reduce the uterine lining. Each month a women develops a nice, bloody, plushy lining and if an egg is fertilized, it burrows into this bloody lining to protect it until the placenta forms. If an egg is not fertilized, the lining is not needed and is shed as your "period"
Th pill reduces the formation of this lining. This makes the uterus less hospitable to a fertilized egg (just in case for some reason one happens to be released and fertilized) This is why many women have a lighter period when on the pill. The pill does one more job. It thickens the cervical mucus.
This thickened mucus makes it hard for sperm to "swim" up the vagina, uterus and tube to find the egg to fertilize it. So with these three systems in place, the pill is about 98-99.9% effective. Since the pill is designed to prevent ovulation, you are protected from pregnancy after the first seven days (per the manufacturer-most clinics tell women to use back up the first month or cycle just to be sure) so after this time, since you dont ovulate, you are protected even during the time of the inactive sugar pills too. The only things the pill doesnt protect against is STDs so many clinics recommend condoms especially if you have multiple partners but the condoms are for preventing disease not pregnancy. The man pulling out before ejaculation does little to nothing to prevent pregnancy because sperm is secreted all throughout the sex act. If you miss a pill, you want to make it up as soon as you remember even if it is taking two pills at the same time (most women find out they missed a pill when they go to take their next one anyway so you would just go ahead and take both) then you need to be sure and use condoms for the next seven days because by missing that pill, you may have a chance to ovulate and there is a possibility for pregnancy. One missed pill is a pretty slim chance but it is a chance so it is best to be safe rather than sorry. So there you go-now you know how the pill works!
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