I've been taking lutera for over 17 months now. I know a lot about it and that it's supposed to stop ovulation and all that. But I'm kind of paranoid right now. I have a period tracker that I still use, and it still shows me my ovulation day. Well, my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on the day it said that I was supposed to ovulate. He pulled out though. I promise I'm not careless, I usually have sex a week or longer before my tracker says I'm supposed to ovulate and I even wait at least 3 days after the date it says I ovulate to have unprotected sex. I just forgot this time. I need help on if I should worry or not. Please help me!!
No you dont ovulate and you dont need a period tracker! Period trackers are guesstimates at best anyway. Only a woman who tracks and charts her own cycle for years using basal temperature and cervical mucus can predict ovulation with any accuracy (and even then the body can throw us a curve) When you are on birth control pills you will not ovulate unless you miss pills then chances that you could ovulate go up. Your period will come during the 4th week. If you are on a 28 day pack, the last weeks pills are inactive meaning no hormones and this is when your period comes (it is actually withdrawal bleeding from the withdrawal of hormones) if you are on a 21 day pack, you are supposed to skip a week between pills ( the fourth week in your cycle) and this is when withdrawal bleeding will occur. Toss out the period tracker-you dont need it. Your pills will tell you where you are in your cycle. If you are consistent with taking your pill, meaning taking it every day with no misses and at roughly the same time of day, you will be 98-99.9% protected from pregnancy. Missing one pill or taking them late frequently drops you down to 90-96% effective. Average use is about 96-98% effective. He doesnt need to pull out. If there is no egg, there can be no baby no matter how many sperm are present. Pulling out is a wasted gesture anyway since it does little to nothing to prevent pregnancy. Men secrete a certain amount of sperm all throughout the sex act, not just at ejaculation. He cannot control this secretion and neither of you may even notice it occurring but it does. Granted the majority are released during ejaculation but it only takes one for an unprotected woman. Since you take birth control you dont have to worry but never rely on withdrawal for back up. If you miss a pill and need back up, use condoms.
- Lutera Information for Consumers
- Lutera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lutera (detailed)
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