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Rizzo
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Sorry if this has been asked before, but I've wondered... what if you're on the pill, and you suspect you're pregnant. Will the pregnancy test results be accurate? I know the pill essentially fools the body into thinking it's pregnant, but will the test be fooled too?
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fantabulous_femme
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Hey! I was wondering the same thing. Also, if you are on the pill, and you get pregnant, will the pill affect the pregnancy or anything like that? Just wondering...

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Gumdrop Girl
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yes, the test should be accurate. most preggy tests check for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin

it's secreted by the implanted cell mass. what's in your pills is something else, it's probably estradiol or a mix of estradiol and progesterone.

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Yes the pregnancy test will be accurate, it has nothing to do with the pill, because your testing your urine. The best way to get a 100% accuracy is to get a blood test done.

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Heather
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As gumdrop and glitter said, the pill will not affect the accuracy of a test.

The pill can have adverse effects upon a fetus, so it is important that if you suspect you are pregnant, you get a test RIGHT away. Ideally, it is also for this reason that if you ever miss a pill, you should use a backup birth control method for the rest of that cycle.


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Olive
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This is exaclty what i was looking for, thanks to search i found it.

Anyway I'm on ortho-tri cyclen lo. I was also wondering if you could still get your period if youre on b/c and pregnant.


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Yay for using the search function !! Thank you !!

As for your other question ... When you're taking hormonal birth control, you don't really get a real period. It's called a 'withdrawal bleed' and that's due to a drop in hormones when you're taking your placebo pills (or not taking any pills, in a 21 day pack).

You also can't have a period if you're pregnant. Some women have some minor spotting, but this isn't really 'normal' and you should defineatly seek medical attention if you're pregnant and experiencing any degree of vaginal bleeding.


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Olive
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thank you. I was just wondering but I dont have to wonder anymore. So its not a period because you dont ovalate, right?

I was just also wondering because i gained 10 pounds within like 2 months, I guess my metabolism is slowing down thats all.


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Gumdrop Girl
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quote:
Originally posted by Olive:
thank you. I was just wondering but I dont have to wonder anymore. So its not a period because you dont ovalate, right?

I was just also wondering because i gained 10 pounds within like 2 months, I guess my metabolism is slowing down thats all.



if you're referring to the bleeding Smurf described, that's not a period because your uterus doesn't totally slough off -- it's the embryo digging a nice place for itself in the uterus, which breaks a few cappilaries here and there. You bleeding during the placebo week of your birth control, and I *do* consider that a period because your uterus does slough off, though you can debate the semantics if you really want to. and no, you don't ovulate on the Pill.

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I'm going to a PP-type clinic tomorrow, and am curious.. if the test says i'm not pregnant, what are the chances its wrong?
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A false negative is much more common than a false positive, and false positives are more common with at home pregnancy tests than with ones done in a clinic by a professional.

If the test says you are pregnant, than you are, and that's really about the surest thing you can go by if it turns out that way.


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