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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, 4.4 out of 5 based on 9 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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  • Sherry Cobwell

    Hi , I’m 22 years old and I’m very anxious right now. My boyfriend ejaculated in me a couple of weeks ago and we were both drunk that night and I’ve been on the look out to see if I’m pregnant or not . I’m on birth control but I took my BC pill the morning after , a week later since that happened I haven’t notice these signs until now which were crampy stomach, nausea, sore breast, and a lot more BUT I got my period and its heavy so now I’m confused , could I still be pregnant ???

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  • mkmk

    what ended up happening, this is similar to my situation right now

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  • Kentasia

    Hi Im 19 and I just got on birth control in late November, very first time . today is January 15 . I only had a period for about 2 weeks in December. My boyfriend and I has protected and unprotected sex but on the 1st of January we had unprotected sex. After that I’ve been having a weak stomach from certain foods, alcohol, people smoking . feeling sick , extra sleepy and cramping and my body been aching. I take my next shot feb 15 but is it possible that I’m pregnant since this is the very first time in my life being on birth control .

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  • sue

    i been on birth control i have one more row to finsh but i been very sleepy and im scared

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  • Chloe

    I am only one week late and I’ve missed my pilll a couple of times but doubled up the next night, I’ve consumed alcohol while being on the pill. Last period was just before christmas and I haven’t had it since I’ve been having sex nearly every single day some days more then once. feeling sick,light headed and after food I don’t feel to well, moody do you think its possible that im pregnant. I’ve only been on the pill for 6-5 months

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  • fc95

    I’ve been on the pill (Lutera) for over a year now, with some short breaks in between. I’ve been taking it consecutively now for about 6 months. On January 9th I had unprotected sex and accidentally threw up a pill, then began spotting two days later which turned into a very light bleed that continued for the next 11 days. For 7 of those days I was on an antibiotic to treat a UTI, which I believe contributed to that bleeding. Which, would have left me unprotected. I also somehow missed another pill without realizing it. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend that weekend (January 23-24), and got my birth control “period” on time on Monday. It ended Sunday, but today I had a light pink discharge that only happened when I went to the bathroom this morning, had cramps like I was getting my period, and I’m bloated out of nowhere. I’ve been really moody and tired lately which I thought was just stress. But now i’m wondering if maybe i ovulated in the time that the antibiotics/missed pills left me unprotected and now I’m pregnant? Sorry this is so long, I’m just worried.

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  • Richard Parker

    My boyfriend and i had unprotected sex and he came in me. What are thr chances of me getting pregnant if I just finished a months worth birth control and still bleeding a little when I took my first pill to start my new birth control package.

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  • Drea

    I’ve been on birth control since May 2015. I’ve been taking it everyday at the same time, which is 6:15 pm, or sometimes i take them at least an hour late and that’s by-far the latest I’ve been taking them. I never missed one pill. I would have unprotected sex with my boyfriend.Would there still be a chance that I could get pregnant?

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  • Maxxie

    I am on birth control pills, I’ve been on them for about 9 months. After the first three months my period because lighter but still enough to fill a tampon (super) and lasted like that for 2-3 and fades out toward the end of my week. I’m on a 28 day pack. The past few months my period has been lighter, however, last month it was lighter than usual, but this month (my fourth week, so inactive pill week, starts on Sundays, and I usually started my period on Monday.) I started spotting Tuesday, and by spotting I mean only brown blood, filled up about half my tampon, weds was the same with a little bit of red blood, not thick at all, Thursday was about the same and today, Friday my tampon is still about half filled, about half of that was red blood, looks like just enough to dye the tampon red & the rest is just brown blood. I have had unprotected sex last month and I’ve had it this month approx two weeks ago. My partner pulls out everytime but i think got a little on/in me once, possibly twice. Could I be pregnant?

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  • kate Jones

    I am on the birth control device that goes in your arm. I’ve been on it for 2 years now. It last for 3 years. When I first started it I didn’t have a period for a straight year. Then all of the sudden I started having on again. I’ve been having it about a year pretty regularly. This month I missed it. My boobs are sore feeling. I have gained a good amount of weight in my hips, butt, and stomach. I feel very bloated. I took a pregnancy test last weekend but, it was only 89cents. I didn’t use my morning pee and drank a lot of water so I could take it because I had just peed before . I’m thinking I could of took it to early also. I am freaking because I read that if you do get prego while on this birth control that baby could be outside the womb and might not survive. I’ve been drinking and I smoke. I am also on a methadone program. Do you think I could be pregnant. The only sigh I am not having is feeling sick. I hared that women sometimes don’t have morning sickness at all though. Help! This is driving me crazy not knowing.

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  • Lady

    I m little worry I change my birth control pill 3 weeks and half and I haven’t got my period yet should I be worry ??

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  • Lady

    I’m little worry I change my birth control pill 3 weeks and half my period haven’t came yet should I be worry?

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  • Lady

    I’m worry because I change my birth control pill 3 weeks and half and my period haven’t came yet what should I do ??

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  • Ru

    Hi. So 3 days ago I had unprotected sex. I’m on the pill. I had missed it the day before that and I took two the day of. The next morning I had traced of blood in my urine and then it stopped. I went today nor even 5minutes ago and there was heavier blood with small clots….. I’m 17 and I don’t know what’s going on. Help!

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  • Sam

    Can you get pregnant on your sugar pills and only have a 3day period on the last day get pregnant? And I didn’t take my pills at the same time everyday am I at risk for pregnacy when me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex?

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  • Sam

    You might have a blood clots. You should check with your doctor or OBGYN. Or could have cyst inside you. I’ve read an artical on That at my obgyn. Just get it checked out.

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  • Sam

    If your to young your surly way to young to have sex and you have to tell your parents if not there’s going to find out. At least your mom. I wish I had a mother to go to. And you will be okay.

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  • Diamond

    I Missed 2 Of My Sugar Pills & Is Supposed To Start My New Pack Tomorrow But My Mom Never Went To Go Get My New Pack & Yesterday I Had Unprotected Sex And I Think He Came In Me But I’m Not Sure , Could I Be Pregnant??

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  • Ru

    I have been diagnosed with ovariancystic disease

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  • Sam

    I’m so very sorry to hear that. I’ll pray for you

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  • Sam

    Someone please help me answer my question. ????????????

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  • Ru

    Thanks I’ve had it for a time. I need to go refill my med but the weather int behaving…. .-.

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  • Sam

    Your a strong women and able to fight what you have. Will you be able to have child I hope so.

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  • Ru

    My doctor told me from the get go that’s itbmay be difficult and if I do I can be considered high risk

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  • Denise

    I never take my sugar pills. I just completely skip them then start the new pack when it’s time. So I doubt it!

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  • Wendy

    Hi i was on birth control for 3 years on the patch and on feb when i was suppose to take my patch off i forgot to do so. and i put it on when i remembered but i also took my patch off a week later… im 10 days late on my period and the only thing i have now is sometimes within this 4 days i have had on and off very light discharge happening and lower back cramps is there any possibility i might be pregnate??

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  • Bre

    I had sex 6days ago and it was unprotected but I take
    birth control normally. I started about a year ago on it. I have this uneasy feeling in my stomach still. It was also my first time. Could I be pregnant or am I just freaking out?

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  • Samantha Henshall

    I was on birth control for 6 months had no problem then a couple weeks ago it was time for my period I barely even bled and took a pregnancy test and it said no should I take another one just in case?

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  • Madeline castillo

    I have been on the pill for about 6 months and I have taken the pills but some have been at different times. I have never missed my period and I am now 18 days late on my period. I have also been having sex with my boyfriend during this time and we haven’t used any other protection. I’ve been having symptoms of pregnancy but in my recent 3 pregnancy test all came back negative. Do I have any chance of being pregnant or is this happening because of me taking some pills late? I need answers fast!

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  • Lizette van Loggerenberg

    Hi, here’s my situation. Have been on depo on and off for the last 8 years. I was late for my shot in December. I normally don’t get my period while on the shot. I have been getting morning sickness now for about 3 weeks. My breasts feel heavy and sore, I have the need to pee frequently and my lower back feels like it’s out for revenge. I already have 3 kids…. Each pregnancy was different. Please share your thoughts on this. P.s. I did do a home test it indicated a negative. Both my sons also gave me negative readings…

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  • Maricela Huerta

    Hi, I’m 24 it’s been 3 months since I’ve had sex now I been cramping with light blood. I took a pregnancy test it came out negative, I’ve been on birth control the implant in the arms. Should I be worried? ??

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  • Maricela Huerta

    Hi monica I’m new to this can you help me I need answers? ??

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  • Stephanie

    No girl the implant is highly effective and it gives you pregnancy symptoms I was always paranoid thinking IWas pregnant lol

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  • Kika

    Hi, I’m on the patch (Xulane), I had sexual intercourse about 2 weeks ago unprotected, I kept the same old patch on being out of town, I then replaced the patch when I could. My patch off week is coming to an end and I have not had a period. Home Pregnancy test are showing up negative though, should I be good?

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  • Vanessa

    Hi! I’m on broth control, but this month I missed the first pull in my pill pack and took two the next day. Exactly 12 days later I had unprotected sex. According to my period tracker app, this was my ovulation day. He didn’t ejaculate in me however. Every since I’ll get these little mild cramps, but not often and I’ll feel as if my period is on down there. Are there any chances that I might be
    Pregnant?

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  • My world 123

    Have been feeling and being sick for a week now , me and my boyfriend have unprotected sex but I am on the pill , my period isnt until another 10 days time just worried, don’t have sore boobs or anything different just sick can anyone help me

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  • Rachel

    I’ve been on depo for almost 2 years. My last shot was 10 days later than normal. I’m having a lot of nausea and cramps. Could I be pregnant?

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  • Emily Oralia

    So I’m on birth control and have been for a while but here recently my doctor made me switch pills (for costly reasons) Me and my boyfriend have had unprotected sex about twice every week for about a month. I’ve been getting really nauseous but haven’t had any other symptoms. Could I be pregnant?

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  • Emily Oralia

    So I’m on birth control and have been for a while but here recently my doctor made me switch pills (for costly reasons) Me and my boyfriend have had unprotected sex about twice every week for about a month. I’ve been getting really nauseous but haven’t had any other symptoms. Could I be pregnant?

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  • Allison

    I just started birth control 3 days ago, I’m also on my period. I took 2 negative pregnancy test, could I still be pregnant?

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  • Taylor

    Hi, i skipped my placebo birth control pill last week and started a new pack. but a week later on sunday i was having sex with my boyfriend and i was slightly bleeding. also this week and the past weekend I’ve been feeling very fatigued with mild cramps and slight weight loss. can i even be pregnant that soon? i take my birth control regularly for the most part. I’m just scared and i don’t want to go to the doctor just yet and idk if a test will tell me if I’m pregnant or not.

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  • sannanah

    hi, im on the pill, i didnt take the pill for almost a month last month because of the rite aid i go to said they didnt have it, but i got back on it, however, while i missed that month, i had unprotected sex, we use the pull out pethod all the time, we thought i was preg before, but it tuirns out i wasnt, i started about the 6th last month, and i havent started this month at all, usually i dont start till the 20th or 26th but now its all weird, i have been VERY moody and exhosted, my boobs have also gotten very sensative over the past few months i have been taking it. i took a pregnacy test and it sed negative, i didint think it was correct so i did it 3 other times and it said negative, could i be pregnant?

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  • Lauren

    So I have been on the pill for a little over a year, and I just switched from the once a month period to only having a period every three months due to bad cramps. on the second week into my pack, a Monday, I forgot to take my pill, remembering Tuesday afternoon some 16 hours later. That same Tuesday I again forgot to take my pill, remembering to take it Wednesday afternoon, again some 16 hours late. My husband and I had unprotected sex, except for the fact that I am on the pill, on the Saturday and Sunday before this. Now some two and a half weeks later I am not sure what is going on with my body. I have discharge below, always hungry, rapid weight gain (like some three pounds in just a couple of days), craving foods that I normally don’t eat, sore breasts, mood swings, tired, and some cramps. I took a pregnancy test the week after I forgot my pill, and then again some 12 or 13 days after I forgot and both turned out negative. I am now about 17 days out from forgetting and I am wondering if I am pregnant or if it is just a reaction to the new pills. I know that I won’t start my period for another two months, at least according to my pill pack.I do know when I first started the pill, a year ago, that I would get really nauseous in the morning, especially with certain smells, I am not sure if this is a reaction to taking a new pill, a month into my new pack,or pregnancy. So I was wondering if anyone had any advice as I have never experienced pregnancy and have no idea how my body would react.

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  • Tgra

    This happened two years ago. What ended up happening? Because me and my boyfriend were having sex and he pulled out and by the time I turned around he told me that I turned around too late because he was already coming and he pulled out in time. But since I didn’t turn around in time I thought he came a little bit in me and then pulled out and came and finished it off. But he says that he’s not dumb enough to come in me and get me pregnant so he did not come in me. However I think my body is playing tricks on me and my mind is playing games with me and I’m starting to feel paranoid and think I’m pregnant. But I don’t know what to do. Trust me, I’m only 15 and I don’t know what to do either. I’m scared. However I’m going on and off about if I am or if I’m not pregnant because I am on birth control, plus, he said that he KNOWS he pulled out in time. So I don’t know. Because I have strict parents and if I have a baby is the end of my life. my dad’s going to hate me forever my mom’s going to feel bad and my dad’s going to make me take care of it myself. And I would do anything to not have a child. I just messed up so bad. Either I’m killin myself or I am having an abortion right away.

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  • Hayley

    Hiii, soo.. I’ve been on the pill for a while now (good couple months) & just Yesterday I forgot to take it so when I took it today I took both.. Now I’m bleeding a little.. Me & my boyfriend have unprotected sex all the time… Just today I had a very odd feeling in my stomach & I have bumps on my nippels…. Please help.

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  • Bailey

    I just started birth control and yesterday would have been the 6th day I had taken it, we’ll also, yesterday, I had unprotected sex and my boyfriend came in me. I started taking the birth control in Louisiana, which is a whole hour ahead of my home town. When I got home I stayed on the same hour. Is that too risky?? Is there any chance something could have happened?

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  • Lauren

    I was taking my pill at different times and then missed it for 2 days and had bleeding for about 4 days. I stopped taking my pill to wait for my next period but have been having a lot of unprotected sex, I’ve had bleeding since last night and slight bleeding today like a light period. Could it mean that I’m pregnant or am I being paranoid?

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