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I'm a "perfect" user of the combination pill. Assuming I have a withdrawal bleed, during which I bleed continuously up to starting my new pill pack on Sunday as scheduled, would it be possible for a pregnancy to occur? Either in the last few days of the placebo week or the very beginning of the first active week? I know there's always a very remote possibility of pregnancy no matter what, but it doesn't seem possible, since the follicle wouldn't be able to mature and release an egg that quickly even in the event of a birth control malfunction.

I ask because I just began my third active week and am experiencing suspcious symptoms: constant dull cramps, mild nausea, and a thick discharge. It's very uncomfortable and unlike what I've experienced my first few months on the pill. For me to even experience these symptoms now, it would mean that I had gotten pregnant right around the end of my last pill pack. I'm sure these could easily be side effects of the pill, but it's time for my monthly dose of paranoia. (We always back up with condoms as well).

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Robin Lee
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Hi There pamplemousse,

Yes, there is always some risk when engaging in sexual activities that could lead to pregnancy, regardless of the contraception used. However, there is no heightened risk during the withdrawal bleed or the during the first week of a new pack, as long as the new pack is started right after the placebo pills in the previous pack are vinished.

The physical discomfort you're describing could be from a lot of things other than pregnancy, and considering that you use hormonal birth control and condoms, pregnancy is far far down on the list of possible explanations. [Smile]

Here are a couple of articles that will hopefully put your mind at ease:

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

Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul


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Oops, robin beat me to it! I'll leave in this article though, to add to the ones she already shared:

Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

[ 10-30-2012, 07:47 PM: Message edited by: Onionpie ]

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