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michaela08
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hello,
i am a recent college grad who has been on birth control for 6 years, and specifically using seasonique for the past 2 years.
recently (like the past few weeks) i have noticed extreme nipple sensitivity and my breasts are plumped/feel heavy and tender.
i'd like to take a pregnancy test, but i am not due for a period again for about 2 months. also, i have sex several times a week, so i am not sure when pregnancy may have happened, if it did.
i try to take my pills consistently but i sometimes miss one or take them late.

long story short, i'm just wondering when i should take a pregnancy test for it to be accurate? i have a GYN appointment coming up at the end of the month if all else fails. thanks [Smile]

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Robin Lee
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There's no specific time when a pregnancy test is more accurate than others. For people who have had a specific time when their birth control has failed (such as when a condom breaks) we usually suggest about 14 days after the incident.

It's worth noting that breast tenderness in and of itself isn't generally a first sign of pregnancy. However, if it would ease your mind to take a pregnancy test, by all means go ahead and take one any time.


Your pill is most effect when you take it every day, around the same time. Some of our users set an alarm or reminder on their computer or phone for when they need to take their pill. But the fact that you didn't take your pill consistently 100% of the time doesn't make it ineffective. The effectiveness rates for real use (as opposed to ideal) are still very high.


Does this answer your question?

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michaela08
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sort of!
the nipple sensitivity and breast tenderness has been happening for a while now and i don't really know what else could be causing it. i told my mother about it and she's the one who put the idea in my head since she experienced that when she first got pregnant. do you know what else may be causing it?
i will go out and buy a test, and definitely chat with my gynecologist when i see her in a couple weeks if the problem is continuing.

thanks for your help!

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Robin Lee
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Breast tenderness sounds like a good topic for you and your gyn to talk about...and once you take the test you'll know whether you can take pregnancy off the table or not.

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Both nipple sensitivity and breast tenderness can be side effects of hormonal birth control, and even though side effects are most common in the first few months of starting BC, they can happen any time. Sometimes a particular type of pill doesn't mesh with a person's body chemistry anymore, and that can result in side effects.

The other thing that might be a factor is your body's natural hormonal fluctuations - birth control doesn't totally wipe those out by any means, so that's something to consider as well. Regardless, as Robin says, this is definitely something to talk to your gyn about if you're worried. [Smile]

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could that happen even after being on the same perscription for 2 years?
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It could, definitely, and you can ask your gyn if they think that's a possibility.

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Good point about the impact of hormones.

Here's a whole article on breasts:

Abreast: The Basics of Boobies

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awesome, thanks for all your help! i'll definitely bring all this up at my exam.
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follow up question!!!

i took a pregnancy test and there is a 2nd line but it is extremely extremely faint. you can only really see it in my bathroom which has bright lighting. is this positive or negative?

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Do the instructions say anything about faint lines?

Is there a number you can call for the manufacturers of the test?

You might want to take another test, of a different brand, in case that one was faulty.

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