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Signs You Are Pregnant While on Birth Control

on Nov 15, 2012

by Dr. Christine Lee, MD

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Signs You Are Pregnant While on Birth Control

While nearly infallible in preventing pregnancy, birth control pills do fail sometimes and you may find yourself in that 1/2% pregnant. Find out the signs you are pregnant while on birth control.

Birth control pills are the most effective form of contraception for sexually active women. However, there are still cases when they are not enough to prevent pregnancy, but they influence the symptoms and lead to their misinterpretations. Many women see doctors and take various tests before finding out that their problem is not the condition they were afraid of, but an unexpected pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Here is a list with 6 of the most common signs you are pregnant while on birth control.

Sudden mood change

If you are an emotionally stable person and you begin to experience sudden changes of mood or you have an exaggerated reaction towards a particular situation that normally does not affect you, this can be a sign that you conceived while on birth control. Mood swings are caused by the changes that occur inside your body and brain due to the increased level of certain hormones.

Delay in period

For women who have irregular periods, a delay is not a big deal, but, if your menstruation follows a strict pattern, a one week delay can be a sign of pregnancy. However, stress and depression can also justify a missing period, so it is never amiss to take a pregnancy test.

Frequent urination

If you urinate more frequently than before, without this process being influenced by any other condition you suffer from, the cause may be a recently installed pregnancy. When the egg is fixed, the uterus enlarges and poses pressure on the bladder, preventing it from storing the same amounts of urine.

Swollen breasts

One of the transformations noticeable on the first week after the egg is fertilized is that of your breasts. They get swollen, and touches become painful. The change appears as a result of the increased level of hormones, but, sometimes, it can also be a side effect of the contraceptive treatment.

Sensitive to smells

Excessive sensibility to smells can also be among the signs you are pregnant while on birth control. Not only that you get nausea or even start vomiting when you smell something unpleasant, but you can develop the same reaction to gentle, delicate smells that used to please you.

Change in diet

A sudden, involuntary change in your diet or eating program can also be a symptom of pregnancy, even if you take birth control pills. You may have a considerably greater appetite, and you may crave for foods in bizarre combinations, or you may not be able to eat certain foods or at certain hours.

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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).

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  • Danielle

     i had a miscarriage 4 months ago and am now finding it hard to concieive before the miscarriage i got pregnant really quick but now im struggling please help

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    There might be other factors that can prevent you from conceiving, since miscarriages don’t affect one’s ability to conceive. It is best that you take 50 mg of Clomid on days 3 to 7 of your cycles for 6 months. Clomid is an effective fertility drug that can help induce your ovulation, and boost your chances of getting pregnant. However; you should try to initially consult your ObGyn in order to determine if this fertility pill is safe for you to take.

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  • Nay

    I got on birth control a week before I had sex but at the end of the month I have a some wat period but not the next month! Can I be pregnant?

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  • Daniel

    I just started using birth control 2 months ago and I have been taking them at the right time and everything. But he always finished inside me I know there is a chance of getting pregnant with it but if you take your birth control everyday at the right time and he finishes inside you am I still likely to get pregnant? Also I have had my normal period the same time I was expected to every month. I am still kinda scared though

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  • jess

    I am breastfeeding my 5 month old, and taking an oral birth control. I have been getting randomnausea moments and cramping. Should I stop my birth ccontrol for a week and test to see if I am?

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  • Mary

    In July I got on birth control only it wasn’t the pill but the implant…ive been having sex with my partner and and 1 1/2 weeks ago my breast got sore I have a headache almost all the time and my stomach gets upset at random times, am I pregnant? Please reply in an email maryangel1416@yahoo.com

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  • Dana

    My birth control has a week off every month, for my period, so i had sex during my week off and my partner finished inside me. Stupid me forgot that I didn’t have another pack and had to call in for my refill (i was supposed to start my new pack 2 days after i had sex). I was supposed to start my pack on saturday but my refills weren’t ready. I picked them up yesterday (monday) and took my pills. The thing is, is that whenever I missed a pill in the past, i bled terribly or had very bad spotting. This time, i had absolutely nothing. no discharge, no bleeding, nothing. I figured I would’ve kept bleeding until I started my new pack. I’ve been feeling sick and not able to eat and i feel sensitive to smells. Do you think i could be pregnant?

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  • hally

    i had uprotectd sex 10 or 11 days befor i got on the depo shot and didnt get my period the next month could i be pregent

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  • Melissa

    I’ve been on birth control for about 8 to 9 months now I have never taken the sugar pills between periods so my periods were always irregular and I’ve gone a few months before without my period before or just spotting or just some discharge. My boyfriend and I are virgins but before he has humped me a lil (we had our underwear on) and I am getting period symptoms. Should I even be worried that I may be pregnant after that lil situation? Or is it all in my head. Should I stop taking my birth control tomorrow to see if I get my period within the next couple of weeks to make sure I’m not pregnant. OR. Should I take about another week of birth control pills (because I heard sperm may live 3-5 days) just in case. And then stop taking them to see if I get my period.

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  • T1234L92

    I’m on the pill and last month instead of taking my break week I went straight onto my next pack to prepare for an upcoming holiday and fix my cycle. I noticed when I did this that my breast got a lot fuller. They weren’t tender they just got bigger. After the second pack I had my period as normal. A week later I took the first pill of my pack at 9pm and at around 2am I vomited. It’s been about 10 days since that happened and for the last few days my nipples have been really sore to touch, and I’m having cramping on my left side. Could I be pregnant?

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  • sara

    I have had changes in birth control. first I had the iud and it totally stopped me from having my monthly cycle. After 2years I got it removed bc it was hurting me. And month after I had gotten the implanon and still wasnt getting my period. And now Its been 4 years since I have had my period and all of a sudden I stared to spot for 3 days I was cramping and I dnt understand what can be the cause of this. My mother told me I can be pregnant. Has this happened to anyone else??? Please let me know

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  • Brittany Nicole Viator

    I have just been on the birth control patch I was originally on the shot n lately I’ve been having pregnancy symptoms, could I really be pregnant or is it the patch

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  • chelsea

    If you effectively take it every day at the same time you should be fie. Ive been on generess fe for seven months and my husband finishes inside me. No pregnancy or anything
    We did wait three months into the birth control to try.
    Take a pregnancy test if your still unsure

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  • jamiejay

    i started takenin my birthcontroll pills and about 2 weeks after taken them start spotin dark blood about a hour after taken my pill then i would stop a few hours later then i stop taken my birthcontroll and never got a period

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  • Kim

    Im on the pill but im experiencing some early signs of pregnancy i.e. Frequent urination, feeling tired all the time, craving foods, headaches. Also there has been a milky discharge coming from my nipples. I have had a period but it was lighter than usual. I have done 2 pregnancy tests but both came back negative. Could i be pregnant?

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  • Alec

    I started taking my birth control on August 24 but I had started taking two different antibiotics two days before and my boyfriend has finished inside me three or four times since I started taking it and since I’ve started my birth control my appetite has been larger yet I’ve been nauseated and threw up once and I have been very bloated and have been urinating a lot more than what I usually do and I don’t know if that is side effects from my birth control or what..my next period is due to come September 22 could there be a chance I could be pregnant due to the antibiotics that I started before my birth control..

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  • Haley

    Cramping can be a sign of breastfeeding. The release of breastmilk causes your uterus to contract.

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  • Tia

    can u become pregnant while on the Nexplanon ??

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  • Sammy

    I’ve been on birth control for quite a while now and this time, 5 days before I’m supposed to start taking my sugar pills, I started to have brown discharge. On and off. The next day I found a little bit of red in it. 6 days before I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, and the day before that I had started taking antibiotics for a UTI. I also had been throwing up and having diherrea from the meds. Even though the meds I had been taking didn’t say they would lessen birth control effectiveness, could I be pregnant? I’ve never had the brown discharge start this far away from my period on the pill before. I also don’t know if I should keep taking the pills.

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  • question

    I have the inserted bar birth control and for the past two weeks I have been sick every morning I also have other symptoms such a the moodiness and frequent urination. I have recently been getting discharge which is abnormal to my regular patterns. Do you think I should take a pregnancy test? Or am I going crazy?

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  • Hannah

    I am on Beyaz birth control, I been taking it regularly. But I keep missing periods. I usually miss it one month, then really light second and normal period on third. It’s been like that since January. I been on this pill for around 4-5 years. My doctor said that its side effect. I had a normal period on March 14 and missed again this month. I did not have sex since 16th of February, just to make sure. Did least 10 pregnancy tests since January 15, last on April 13. They all been digital tests and they all were negative. Is this normal? Can I be pregnant?

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  • Hannah

    I am on Beyaz birth control, I been taking it regularly, I never missed a pill but sometimes I would take it few hours later.. But I keep missing periods. I usually miss it one month, then really light second and normal period on third. It’s been like that since January. I been on this pill for around 4-5 years. My doctor said that its side effect. I had a normal period on March 14 and missed again this month. I did not have sex since 16th of February, just to make sure. Did least 10 pregnancy tests since January 15, last on April 13. They all been digital tests and they all were negative. Is this normal? Can I be pregnant? I don’t have any pregnancy signs,but I never been pregnant so I can’t really tell what I am looking for. My breasts are swollen but do not hurt at all. I visit my OBGyn on February 16 and March 31. Both time my doctor said I am not pregnant but I had unprotected (still on pill but no condom) in January 5th. Please help I need assurance that I am not pregnant

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  • Alysyn

    I’m on a 21 day supply of birth control. No iron supplement during my period. On my last day of my pack there was a mix up at the pharmacy, I did not receive any birth control that day, with having unprotected sex that day. I was completely out of birth control and had to wait two/three days till the pharmacy would have my prescription. In a panic I called my obgyn for advice, they told me to wait till it comes in and double up. Believing that would be too risky I remember my friend told me that day that she was prescribed the same brand birth control as me. She is not sexual active, and didn’t even open the new pack of pills. She didn’t plan on taking them, because they were not her right pill. Same active pill and everything, I made sure. So I took her’s till mine came in.
    Now the problem is, I’ve missed my period… About 2 – 3 weeks now. I’ve taken 2 pregnancy test, in a span of a week apart from each other, both negative. Tempted to take another one, I’ve looked up symptoms of early pregnancy. Some seem similar to what I’ve been experiencing. But all seem the same symptoms to getting settled to new birth control. I’m use to irregular periods. Is it possible for me to be pregnant?

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  • Robyn

    I went on vacation last week and I forgot my birth control at home so I didn’t take it for 7 days. I got an app for ovulation and found that the week I was on vacation said high fertility and on Wednesday it was my ovulation day. We had a lot of sex on vacation, and he used the pull our method which i know can still get you pregnant, however 2 days after not taking my pill I got a small period that lasted off and on for 3 days. I was wondering if this could have changed my ovulation day, or if there is still a chance I could be pregnant? I’ve started taking my pill again since I’ve been back, and am wondering also if I should take a pregnancy test or just wait to see if I get my period next month? Thanks for any feedback, it would he greatly appreciated

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  • Kathrine

    Hi i have a positive pregnancy hpt ive been to the dr and the blood test was negative but about a week after blood test i have still got a positive hpt so am i pregnant still?

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  • Mrs. Watson

    I’ve had swollen tender breasts, with hyper sensitive nipples, really bad heart burn, cramping in my pelvic area, fatigue, spotting but no periods, gaining weight for the past month and a half like crazy, I have a bigger appetite, but cannot eat very many things and I frequently want sweets, I get weird feelings in my stomach but I think it’s probably just fantom movement from giving birth less than a year ago. I gave birth to a baby boy 8 months ago and the last time I had sexual intercorse was about a month and a week ago, I also have a a Mirena iud. Is it the Mirena most likely causing these problems or could I be pregnant even on the iud?

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