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sweetheart92
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Hello!
I was wondering if you guys could help clear this up for me. here goes nothing!
If someone is on the birth control pill, and has sex the day before she gets her withdrawal bleed, then pregnancy is obviously not an issue at that point. My question is: Since it takes time to become pregnant, wouldnt pregnancy still be a risk the next month from that incident? I am just a little confused. I have read that if you have had your period since the last sexual interaction you have had, then you should be safe, but this just confused me. This has been something that i have been wondering about for quite a long time..

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The birth control pill works for all days of the cycle if it is taken correctly.

How do birth control pills really work, even during the placebo period?

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sweetheart92
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thanks, the link was helpful but i still have one more question.

If i were to have unprotected sex, and received my period the day after, could i rest assured that i will not become pregnant from this incident in the future? or would i have to wait to see if i miss my withdrawal bleed the next month.

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Kachina
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If you are ovulating (ie if you are not on the pill or the pill fails to prevent ovulation) then a period is shedding the uterine lining (that an egg would implant into) and the egg that was released, so that means you are not pregnant, even for a risk the day before.

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Ok so what you are saying is that i would not need to worry about that situation getting me pregnant the next month? From my understanding it takes a few days to get pregnant, so getting my period the next day doesnt mean i am safe from getting pregnant from a risk the day before, but from previous risks right?
Ive never fully understood this.

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Also, I have noticed that even though i am on my birth control pills, that i still have premenstrual symptoms, such as sore breasts, and feeling extra sensitive at least a weak before. I was wondering how this is possible since all the pills in my pack have the same dose of hormones. How does my body detect that my period is near if it is being controlled by my pill? Sorry if this sounds really dumb, these are just questions that i have been wanting to ask for a long time.

Thanks for all your help!

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It takes a few days to get pregnant, but when you bleed you are shedding your uterine lining, which is required for a pregnancy to happen, so there is no way to get pregnant from a risk before that.

Your body still goes through cycles even while on birth control. I take depo provera and don't even get a withdrawal bleed and I still get premenstrual symptoms myself.

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