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How to Tell if You’re Pregnant When You’re Taking Birth Control

on Nov 04, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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How to Tell if You’re Pregnant When You’re Taking Birth Control

Although birth control pills prevent you from getting pregnant, they are not 100% effective. With the slight possibility of pregnancy, find out how to tell if you're pregnant when you're taking birth control.

Although birth control pills have the role to prevent you from getting pregnant, none of these treatments are 100% effective. As a result, you can conceive even when you take your pills on a daily basis, without realizing it, so, the following information on how to tell if you’re pregnant when you’re taking birth control should come in very handy. Here is a list with the 6 most common and easy to notice symptoms. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Exhaustion

If you feel exhausted during the day, even having enough sleep, it may be a sign that you are pregnant. As soon as the egg is fertilized and it is implanted in the uterus, the body begins to produce increased amounts of progesterone, a hormone that plays an important role during pregnancy. The process can make you feel tired and sleepy.

Nausea

Nausea, manifested especially in the morning, is another sign of pregnancy, not necessarily related to the birth control pills you were taking, that appears after two weeks from the fertilization of the egg, or in the second half of the first pregnancy trimester.

Cramps

Light cramps in the lower part of the abdomen is another symptom common to most lists on how to tell if you’re pregnant when you’re taking birth control pills. This symptom, also known as uterine cramps, appears when the egg is implanted in the uterus, and it is experienced in the first couple of weeks following conception.

Weight fluctuations

Unusual weight fluctuations can also indicate a pregnancy, being the result of the secretion of certain hormones in quantities greater than normal. While some women start to put on weight as soon as they conceive, others may lose some pounds in their first weeks of pregnancy.

Light bleeding

A light bleeding, called implantation bleeding, that occurs after the period may also be a sign that you conceived while taking birth control pills. This symptom is the result of the egg being attached to the lining of the uterus, and it usually happens in the first or second week after the egg is fertilized.

Rise in basal temperature

A higher than normal basal temperature is usually considered a symptom of the forthcoming ovulation. However, if the temperature remains elevated for days and even weeks after the egg is released, it is a great possibility for the fertilization to take place even under the influence of the birth control pills.

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How to Tell if You’re Pregnant When You’re Taking Birth Control, 4.7 out of 5 based on 6 ratings

Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • lildaya

    I been on the ortho pills for 4 1/2 years since I had my daughter. Always had a normal period. But last month I only had a 2 day spoting. I took 2 pregnancy test both negative I been really tired lately. I been having alot of craving. Is there a chance I could be pregnant with my daughter I was 2 months till it showed a positive urine test.

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  • Kateri Martinez

    I have the arm implant. I’ve had it for 3months, this is my 2nd implant. For the past week or so I’ve been feeling dizzy, nauseous and been having some cramping and few cravings. I took a cheap pregnancy test it came out negative. Is there a possibility the test might be wrong? Or something else might be wrong with me ?
    PS do to the implant I don’t get my period.

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  • brenda4life

    Im on the depo shot but i haven’t been getting it regularly. About a month ago i had ththe shot for the 1st time in awhile. Thet told me certain medicines could effect it and i recently started a new aintidepressent. Can i be pregnant?? I have been nausea, loss in appetite, weight change loss 5 lb in 2 days, tired, and mood swing. Is it possible i could be pregnant on the depo shotshot??

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  • kayla haynes

    Hello so this woman comes into my work tonight and asks me whe. Im do i start to laugh bevause just 2 days ago someone else had said the same thing im not a very nig girl 150 pounds but ive been questioning that before thwy had even comented i have been very moody this monrh exausted i havent had my period just a little spotting for like 2 minutes but the thing is i am on the nexplanon is this possible

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  • kayla haynes

    Big girl**** girl please excuse all my spelling errors my phone has a mind of its own

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  • hanna

    I have missed taking some pills but have always took them on a regular basis, Ive been having intercourse regularly in the last 2 weeks whilst forgetting some pills and I’ve noticed a tiny bit of bleeding for a day or so, and then a dull pain on my left hand side of my abdomen… With me being on the pill I never get periods so I wouldn’t know when I was due. Could this suggest I could be pregnant?

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  • Lucy

    I’ve recently just gone on the pill and only a few days later me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and the other day i felt really sick, like my stomach was just feeling real unusual and little cramps every now and again, my period is due in two days, will I still get it if I take the White tablets as usual and still could possibly be pregnant?

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  • Veronica

    I’m 37 years old and was planning on getting pregnant a few months down the road, once I got my weight down. I was currently taking birth control pills, missing and doubling up for about 18 years, my last child is 18. I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. I hope I didn’t affect the embryo. And I’m also a little afraid of having a baby at this age. Please give me some feedback.

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  • Joella Warren

    I’m on an oral contraceptive called Sprintec but, I’m only human, i tend to skip a day or two here and there throughout the month. I’m still having unprotected sex despite this. This past month I had a longer than normal menstrual cycle. 13 days instead of my typical 5-7. The 13 day long period ends and stays over with for almost 5 more days…then it hits again. Lasting 4 days. A situation much similar to this happened to a co-workers wife some years back twice over a span of a few years and she ended up being pregnant. Twice. She had even developed similar health ‘issues’ as me. Severe Anxiety, nausea, vomiting, mood swings, weight change, ect. What could this be (I’ve been taking this BC for about 8 months)?

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  • Chandra Beaty

    I was horrible about taking my bc pills regularly and it was pretty typical for me to take a week or two really well then falter a few days, then to good for a week or two then miss a few days. I always new I had missed too many days when I would start bleeding. This time, I missed a few days and didn’t start back up again. It’s been 3 weeks and I still haven’t started bleeding. I am battling nausea and heartburn, and increased fatigue. Pregnancy test a couple days ago was negative. Could I be pregnant and not showing up on a test?

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  • sweetie_angel_2007

    I have been cramping for the past week and I feel bloated I always feel tired and I had a white discharge couple days ago I have taken three pregnancy tests but they all came back negative. I would like to know if these are possible signs of early pregnancy. I am also on the pill too.

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  • Ljr

    I didn’t take my pill for 3 days took it for 2 and forgot another 2 days and I had unprotected sex during that time, I came on my period half way through the pack and it lasted for 2 days then stopped then started again 2 days later, I had my week break and that was a lot lighter and shorter than normal, I have also been struggling to get through a full day without needing to have a nap during the day and I’ve been very tired and feel low on energy most of the time, I’ve had lower stomach and lower back pain and I’ve gained half a stone, I can’t remember how long ago it was though, I also went a week where I felt really sick and could hardly eat and after that ive just been eating a lot more than normal… Could I be pregnant even though I’m still taking the pill?

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  • Gracie’s Mom

    My period isn’t due for another 3 or 4 days but I have been having light cramps and I had a few spots of light colored blood this morning could I be pregnant?? I have been taking birth control pills for a year now ever since I had my daughter..

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  • lika3

    Well I on a birth control and my last period was 28 December but I have not seen my period for January I took a test February 5 it said negetative my period is always irregular but within the time period the pill is finished and my period comes (within 7 days) of 2 days late. I also wait till the my period is finished to start the pill again but this time it has not come it is the 9 february (the name of my birth control is ludeal gel) what can u tell me please

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  • kellysheasq

    I was on the pill for about 6 months and my period was very regular, then I stopped taking my birth control for a little while. I’m back on and it’s my end or 3rd month back on and this month my period is late. I’ve had a few symptoms like yeast infection and vaginal discharge, hot flashes, and I have to urinate more. I took 2 test and they both came out negative but could I still be pregnant? I’m not sure how to tell and it’s making me nervous

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  • Cindy

    I had sexual intercourse Feb. 13th morning/Feb. 12th night (it was probably 1:30 AM), 2015. It was the first day of my new pack of BC pills (Lo Loestrin Fe) and he ejaculated around me, definitely came in contact with me even if it wasn’t directly inside. I have only missed one pill ever since I started BC and that was at least 6 months ago. I have been on BC for a year and 3 months now. On the 23rd I woke up and I have been having on and off cramping and light brownish blood since then, even continuing today (Feb. 28th). I have never gotten an actual period after starting the pill, I sometimes have cramping on my 4 placebo days but that’s it. I have had a check up and my doctor said that it’s fine I don’t bleed during those 4 days. Other than cramping and bleeding I have not had any issues. I have a normal appetite, weight is the same, but I am more irritable than usual. Could this be a sign of pregnancy? It was the very first time he has ejaculated and come in contact with me. Before he would pull out or we would use a condom and I never had any problems, however, last month the same thing happened where in the middle of my pack (like this situation) I had random bleeding/spotting/cramping for a few days. I knew I was not pregnant because I had not been sexually active for a while. Could this just be my birth control acting weird? Stress? I’m graduating university soon, plus I was actually going through this breakup with my boyfriend who is the one I had sexual contact with, and had been very stressed a week-2 weeks prior to sexual intercourse.

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  • mzlady

    Hi I have the implant in my arm for 18 months and I noticed brown discharge today. I have not had a period in going on 3 months and I’m a little confused of what’s going on

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  • Queenbee914

    I’ve been on BC for about close to 14years now. When I’m ready to get pregnant will I have issues? Will it take me longer because I’ve been on it so long?

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  • sophieKP

    I have irregular period due to polycystic ovaries and been on the pill before &after I had my only child in Jan 2014. My period came on time during the 7day break from the pill up until my pill break in Feb 2015. I got pain on the 24th & 25th of Feb but did not see blood on my underwear. Its only when i wiped i saw which will indicate that there was little bleeding. Friday 3rd April – Thursday 9th April will be the 3rd pill break where i haven’t seen my period. Mon 2nd march I took a pregnancy test &,it had two lines but one was MUCH LIGHTER than the other. Can I get some answers as to if I am pregnant

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  • Crissy

    I got my period the 13 of March and ended the 16 of March. I had sex that week of march 16. It’s now March 26 and my stomach has been hurting since yesterday. Could I be pregnant. im on tri nessa and we used a condom.

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  • Cristina

    So I got off my period on March 16 and I had sex that week. Im on tri nessa and have been on it since last summer. My vagina has been having a weird smell for the past two days. Could I be pregnant. We also used a condom but there was while fluid in it when he took it off. What could it be?

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