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Can You Get Pregnant on Birth Control?

on Sep 02, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Can You Get Pregnant on Birth Control?

If you're taking birth control pills to prevent pregnancy, check out these 3 reasons why you can get pregnant on birth control.

Birth control pills are very popular for preventing pregnancy and regulating periods. They are easy to take, inexpensive and cause very few side effects. They are a very popular option for many women. When you use them correctly, birth control pills can be up to 99.9% effective. However, no birth control method (besides abstinence!) is completely effective, and, it is, in fact, possible to get pregnant while on birth control. Today, we are going to discuss some of the possible reasons that women on birth control get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Forgetting Your Pill

Of course, this is probably the most common issue that occurs with birth control pills. You have to make sure to take the pill every single day, and missing a pill can cause you to become pregnant. Same thing goes for taking the pill at different times every day. You really need to try as hard as you can to make sure to take the pill at around the same time every day. This can be difficult, but try setting an alarm to remind you.

Drug Interactions

Sometimes, being on other meds can affect the, well, effectiveness of birth control pills. This is most common in antibiotics, but can happen with other pills such as anti-seizure meds or anti-fungal meds. Also, but more rarely, this has happened with herbs and vitamins as well. Make sure to talk with your doctor if you are on any new medications so that you can see how they might interact with your birth control pill. Make sure to use a back up method while on any medications that might interfere with your birth control as well.

Being Sick

If you are sick and throw up within 30 minutes of taking your birth control pill, you could potentially get pregnant. The reason for this? Birth control pills take up to 30 minutes to be absorbed into your system. If this happens, you might want to contact your doctor to see about using a backup method, or also to find out if you should take another dose of your pill or wait.

These are the three most common reasons as to why people get pregnant while on birth control. If you are trying to conceive, you need to go off of birth control as soon as possible. It can potentially cause problems if you get pregnant while still taking birth control. If you are trying to get pregnant after going off of the pill, be patient. It can take a while for some women to get back to their regular cycle and fertile state after going off of birth control.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • FabrianneLocker

    I have 4kids already and was on the implant in my arm I got thedeposhots
    I haven’t had a period been off the. shots fora1year trying to get
    pregnant. BBbuut cant

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Ovulation usually returns within three to six months for most women, however, it is possible that you may not have your cycle for 12 to 18 months after discontinuing the injections. It may take several months before your cycle returns to normal depending on how your body responds and how long you have been on shot. Pregnancy is possible when you stop using this form birth control but it may be delayed. You may take prenatal vitamins to give your body all the vitamins and minerals it needs to support a pregnancy. Just keep on trying. Good luck!

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  • Sherry Eades

    I was on birth control for most of teenage years and adulthood. I just stop taking them 2 months ago. I can’t get pregnant could it be it is due to be being on the pill for so long?? I have placed an order for this kit I hope it will help me.. 

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    It usually takes an average of 3 months for the body to return to its normal cycles after stopping birth control pills, which means chances of conceiving may be limited until then. The time period can still vary, depending on how much your body was affected by the pills. Some women could ‘bounce back’ from the pill in a matter of weeks, while there are some who take up a year or more. All of this is normal, and is a matter of allowing time for your body to go back to its pre-birth control state. Fertibella can help your body return to its normal cycles at the earliest possible time, most especially after ceasing a chemical form of birth control. It is also recommended to have a preconception visit to your doctor in order to evaluate your over-all health for pregnancy and discuss your concerns.

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  • DurisseaStud

    Can you get pragant while taking birth control pills

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    There is a slim chance of getting pregnant while on birth control. There have been cases where women on birth control unexpectedly get pregnant. Missing a pill, having gastric absorption problems, or taking other medications that resulted to drug interaction problems, are some of the reasons why pregnancies happen while on birth control.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lamatatana17 Morenita Molina

    I have irregular periods there for i must take birth control pills to regulate my periods( and help me with my PCOS.) But I also would like to get pregnant and don’t want to use any other methods. I usually get my period exactly in the last pill before the sugar pills week. As they say you ovulate 14 days before getting your period. Could I try skipping 3 or 4 pills in the second row(4 row pack 28 day supply, including the sugar pills) and not taking them at all, and then continue taking the rest as normal. Could I get pregnant this way?

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  • Julie

    I usually take my pill during 7:30 – 7:36 today I took it at 7:42 could I get pregnant

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  • mbali msadikge@yahoo.com

    i have been on birth control for three day then i had unprotected sex , on the third day i had already taken the pill for the day am i pregnant

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    The normal process in getting pregnant is when an egg was released from an ovary is fertilized by a man’s sperm. Once fertilized it will attach to the woman’s womb where it can receive nourishment and can develop into a fetus. For your question, since it is just a 12 minute late, the effectiveness of last pill you took is still within 24 hour window. But if you have sex with your partner within that 12 minute late of taking in the pill then you might need to observe yourself for possible signs of pregnancy within two to three weeks especially if you had an unprotected sex.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    If you and your partner are completely fertile, and your ovulation has taken place there is an 85% chance of you getting pregnant without using birth-control methods. However; if complicating factors do exist there are minimal chances of conception.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Birth control pills are recommended to regulate your periods, in such a way that it is able to regulate your hormonal levels and normalize your cycles. Skipping the intake of your birth control pills will be considered ineffective and can prevent you from properly regulating your cycles, that would as well lessen your chances of getting pregnant. Instead of using birth control pills; I do recommend you to try taking herbal fertility supplements from Maca root, which can effectively balance your hormones and normalize your cycles.

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  • nikki reeds

    I have been on birth control for about 10 months. I had unprotected sex about 2-3 days after my period ended and I had about 2 pills left of the last week. I started my new pack on Sunday (so thats the 2-3 days). I usually take my pills at around 7 am. but I woke up late an took it at about 12 noon. thats the day I had sex. Is there any chance that I could be pregnant? the day after my stomach felt slightly bloated. the only other thing is my throat is sore. this could be from my allergies. but I am nervous. please help!!

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    There is a least chance for you to be pregnant, given that you were able to take your birth control pills. Normal ovulation usually occurs 14 days after your menstrual period which simply means to say that having sex two to three days after your period is considered to be safe. Knowing that you just had your period, you might be experiencing post-menstrual syndrome and it is best that you take appropriate medications that can help relieve your discomforts.

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  • Cindy

    Has anyone that has PCO gotten pregnant with concieve easy pills?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Yes; there have been several of women with PCOS who got pregnant with the help of these Fertibella ConceiveEasy pills, knowing that this fertility supplement is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been demonstrated in limited studies to help women conceive who have PCOS.

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  • Naomi

    How soon can I become pregnant after have 3 shots of depo. I had my last shot in march and was due for my next one this month

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Although conception is already possible as soon as 3 to 4 months after your last Depo Provera shot; its hormonal effects to your body may prevent you from getting pregnant up to 2 years after your last shot. I do suggest that undergo hormone cleansing therapies to help restore your reproductive tract and to speed up the regulation of your hormones. You can as well take fertility supplements that can help induce your ovulation and boost your body’s fertility.

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  • mommy cat

    I’ve been on birth control since July of 2012, haven’t had sex until 2 weeks ago, unprotected. He didnt cum or even get close. I got my last shot in May, my next one is in August. Can I be pregnant? Or am I just psyching myself out?

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  • concerned0128

    I am on sprintec and my periods are like clock work. I missed two pills at the beginning of a new pack and had sex while on the inactive pills the month before. I had a period on july 6 and should have started on august 2nd. Exactly a week before I had brown spotting only when I wiped. I have taken multiple test and went to the doc at two days late for a blood test and all came back negative. Could I still be pregnant? I am now 5 days late n I have one child already I know something is off. Could it be to soon to tell on test?

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  • Ming

    Hi.. I’m taking my pills just this month. It is my 18th day already. Is it safe for me to have unprotected sex? My partner doesn’t believe me that I could not get pregnant if he will do it..And also I’m taking this Loratadine 5mg for my allergic rhinitis. Please please, I need to know. :(

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  • cutie pie 22

    Hi I took my last tablet Saturday and had sex Sunday.
    What are the chances of me being pregnant?

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  • minnie

    can I take fertility pills while on birth control? I am taking birth control to regulate my period but I do want to get pregnant. what should I do?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    You need to stop taking birth control if you want to get pregnant. You may try taking FertiBella which is a 100% drug free, safe and all natural solution for enhancing your body’s own natural fertility and dramatically increasing your chances of conception. It is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your menstrual cycle.

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  • Logi

    I missed 2 (combined) pills on the 3rd week, then had unprotected sex, can I still get pregnant?

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  • dd

    Can you get pregnant while an IUD is in place? I’ve had it for almost 2 years now, and have 3 years left. I find myself really tired lately. Certain cravings come and go. I feel like i’m all over the place. Almost like I did with my 4 year old, and my 21 month old. What is your take, should I be concerned?

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  • jeff

    if a woman got on birth control when she was younger, because of hormonal imbalences (she never had her period..until BC).. can she still get pregnant?

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  • jeff

    what are the chances?

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  • Gaby M

    I started birth control 3 weeks ago and had sex without a condom … Can I be pregnant?

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  • Jean Ann

    Can u get pregnant if u miss 2-3 pills a week but take them as soon as remember??

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  • samantha

    How long will it take me to get pregnant, if I only got the depo shot twice.

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  • Olivia N Taylor-Barnes

    I have PCOS and tried to conceive our first child for 6 years. Stopped BCP and BAM! Pregnant. 9 months later, we were ready to conceive again. Stopped BCP, BAM! Pregnant again…but mc’d @10 weeks. A year later, we’re ready again, but I’m on Loestrin 24 and take it religiously! I’m into my second week of the pill and am having pregnancy symptoms. I never have “PMS” symptoms until the 3rd week of my pills if any. I have tender breasts, stuffy nose, uterine soreness, lower back pain, diarrhea, headaches, extreme hunger and frequent urination. I took a pregnancy test or two and they all came back negative, but it may not have been long enough. I just feel really different this time around.

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  • Linda

    I have a question. I missed one dose which i NEVER do. I took the next pill the next day. The next week (a week before I was scheduled to start) I started my period and it was pretty heavy for me. When I started my sugar pills I didn’t bleed at all. Can I get pregnant now or am I okay?

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  • an2589

    I usually take my pill at 9:30 but I took it at 10:45 could I get pregnant :(

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