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Morgmorg
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I have stopped birth control for a month, due to being so busy and can't keep taking 2-3 in one day. So I started another pack back up, but took it TOO soon. I took them on a Thursday of my period. Which was October 31, and took two thinking I missed Sunday and I have to take Mondays as well. I have no clue where my head was that day, but I took the pills for a couple of days. Some days missing and taking the next day. I had unprotected sex Sunday and Monday November 3 and 4. He did come inside me. I took my pill the next days as well. Till Saturday, november 9, came around. I had reddish brown mucus discharge. It didn't make sence because I just had my period and I was fine all week. Now I am still bleeding and have slight pain in my lower abdominal. Should I be concerned?
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Robin Lee
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Hi Morgmorg and welcome to Scarleteen,

Just so as I understand, you stopped taking your pill for a month, then recently started back up again, but haven't been taking it consistently every day.

If I'm understanding this correctly, this means that there is a high likelihood that the pill is not at its full effectiveness for you.

If it's been less than 120 hours (five days) since you engaged in intercourse, and you do not wish to become pregnant, you can take emergency contraception to reduce the risk here.

If it's been more than 120 hours since sexual activity, or you cannot get access to emergency contraception, you'll want to take a pregnancy test. You'll need to wait for that though, as pregnancy tests aren't going to give you an accurate result until 14 or more days after the sexual activity.

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Morgmorg
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So are my chances high for pregnancy?
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Molias
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We can't really know how well-protected you were from the pills, since you weren't taking them according to directions. There was a higher risk of pregnancy from unprotected intercourse than there would be if you were using your pills as directed, but we can't know just how high that risk was.

Your best bet is to either back up with condoms or avoid intercourse until you've finished one month of proper pill use or found another birth control option that works better for you. We can certainly talk about different options, if you're interested in finding something else.

And as Robin said above, you can take a pregnancy test once enough time has passed since you last had intercourse.

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501French
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I'm kind of in a similar situation. I had sex the day before I was to go get my depo shot (Oct 28) but it turned out that I couldn't get the shot due to low bone density. My boyfriend did cum in me. The doctors switched me to pills and suggested that I start the next Sunday (Nov 3) but haven't gotten them yet. Since then I have been bleeding unlike the light spotting I got while on the shot. I've been having rib&lower back pains and constant bathroom breaks that I try to skip. Could it be possible Iam pregnant or have a greater chance of getting pregnant due to my circustances?
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Heather
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Certainly, if you engaged in intercourse without using any method of contraception, then there will be pregnancy risks. And with not getting your shot as scheduled, that would mean that you were not using any method at that time.

So, before you start those pills, I would suggest a pregnancy test just to cover your bases. And obviously, if you do not want to take big risks of pregnancy, you will want to make sure than any intercourse you have moving forward is only when you are using a method, be that the pills, condoms, or some other reliable option.

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501French
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A lot of sites that I've looked says its take a while after the shot to actually ovulate and become pregnant. So it's really conusing.
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Edith_*
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Hi Lexyy! [Smile]

Truth is, we just CAN'T know when your shot started or stopped protecting you. As Heather mentioned, the easiest way to clear your doubts is taking a pregnancy test (you can take a pregnancy test after 14 days of the sexual activity, so you are in the time frame). That way you can be sure before getting started with your new Birth Control method. Also, Heather talked about condoms, and of course using them is always up to you and your partner, but it's also a good thing to do in the meanwhile your BC takes control again. [Smile]

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501French
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Okay. Thanks
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Edith_*
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You're welcome. [Smile]

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