So I have been on birth control for 2 years and have been sexually active with my boyfriend for a year. We never use condoms and I never forget to take my pill, but I usually never take it at the same time. Is that bad? What is my risk of getting pregnant if I just take my pill at different times? I always forget to take it at the same time or usually get busy if it is the weekend, but I always take it.
I also have another question. When I first started my birth control I never had any spotting or anything, in fact it was perfect. Just recently, I started bleeding and slowly it turned into spotting a few days later while I was still on the "active" pills, this has never happened so what could it be?
I also have not been back to the doctor since I have been sexually active, for other health reasons. I'm worried something is wrong now though because of the bleeding/spotting that I have been having for several days while I am still taking the "active" pills. What could be happening.
Really the most important part of taking oral contraceptives correctly (and really to get the full effect of the pill you do want to be taking them correctly) is taking them at or close to the same time every day. By taking them the same time every day the pill is 99.7% effective -which means less than one out of every 100 women will become pregnant each year. With typical use however, the pill is 92% effective – which means 8 out of every 100 women will become pregnant each year.
After the time that you become sexually active you should be seeing your gynecologist for a yearly exam. If there’s a problem you can always schedule additional exams – but certainly once a year is extremely important. That said, if you had bleeding that turned into spotting, what you likely experienced was a mid cycle withdrawal bleed. Just as a woman’s period can be off sometimes so can her withdrawal bleed. It’s really not something to be too concerned with.
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