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Gingerbread
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After spending a lot of time on the site, I have discovered that I am a perfect pill user (I take it within ten minutes every day). My boyfriend and I usually use condoms, and when we don't, we use withdrawal (after researching,also perfectly), and that has worked for us in the past, combined with the pill. We had sex on the day that my withdrawal bleed ended last month (literally about two or three hours after I noticed that it was completely over), and he pulled out, but it was very close, and we aren't positive that he didn't ejaculate inside me (typical use?). I know that many people use the pill without a backup method, but we try to be as careful as we can, and I was just wondering what my risk is? My withdrawal bleed should come on sunday, and im feeling very tired and have a headache and a little nauseous, which i know are typical pms symptoms/pill side effects. I guess I am just looking for reassurance or advice.
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Alice
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Hi DaisyLady,

Assuming he did indeed use withdrawal effectively, according to The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method
- the stats say 99.98% effective with perfect use and 97.84% effective with typical use.

If NOT, then according to Birth Control Bingo!, your pill alone provides a rate of 99.7% effectiveness with perfect use & 92% with typical. Generally, we assume that if you take your pill the best you can then chances are your rate falls somewhere in between those two.

Definitely don't drive yourself insane looking for pregnancy symptoms. They just are not accurate in predicting pregnancy. You can feel tired or nauseous due to numerous reasons/illnesses, including feel stressed about the likelihood of pregnancy.

The only real early symptom of pregnancy is a missed period and/or a positive pregnancy test.

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So I shouldn't be too worried then? I'm just trying to ease my mind here, it's kind of hard to tell if the pill is working since it's what the site called an "invisible method".
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No, no need to be too worried. However, we do know that no method of contraceptive works 100% of the time, and you always want to be slightly cautious of that but not so much that you spin yourself into overdrive worrying, know what I mean? It's safe to assume that your birth control pill is/was working as well as it does, which are the effectiveness rates I listed above.

That said, if you miss your next withdrawal bleed or if you're still really stressed about this (and it has been 10-14 days) you can always take a pregnancy test to ease your mind.

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