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Armywife93
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I started birth control (reclipsen) the Sunday after the first of may. I had unprotected sex about 2 days after that and so on and so forth even on my ovulation days because my doctor said that the birth control would go immediately into my system and be effective. Lately I've been feeling sick and getting migraines when I first wake up. So I looked online to find out whether I had made a bad move by not waiting because I've never used pills before. I was wondering what are my chances of being pregnant?
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Heather
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Your pill packet -- the patient insert that comes with pills -- makes clear that when doing a day one or Sunday start, you will need to use a backup method for seven days after starting before you can rely on your pill's full effectiveness.

That's standard with all birth control pills, so if your doctor told you otherwise, I'm afraid that wasn't sound information they gave you.

Do you have a late period/withdrawal bleed yet? Mind, nausea and migraines are two common side effects with combined birth control pills, so these symptoms are not more likely to be about pregnancy than they are about your pill.

If you need a copy of that patient insert, btw, here it is for you online: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/lookup.cfm?setid=add7f052-f93f-495c-99c5-1ec8ae9db5ef

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Armywife93
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I haven't yet because it isn't quite time for my period but my doctor said that I wouldn't get one the first month of taking the pills. I'm just worried because I have felt a lot more fatigued in the last week or so than I have since starting the pill and the headaches have gotten worse along with the nausea.
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Heather
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It's starting to sound like your doctor's contraception education isn't so great. [Frown]

For sure, some users of the pill won't get any flow in the first pack or two of pills: others will. It varies.

What I'd suggest is that when it's time for your placebo pills, if you get to the end of them and haven't had a withdrawal bleed, you go ahead and test for pregnancy, just in case.

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Armywife93
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Thank you for giving me this information I thought I was going crazy because of all the different opinions online contradicting what my doctor said. Thank you so much again.
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Heather
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Of course.

My best advice, with any medication you take is to always make sure to read the patient information yourself and know that ANYTHING in that material is pretty much The Golden Rule. Even when we have doctors also giving us information, we still want to read the leaflets and other info that come with a medication on our own.

And in the event a doctor tells you something different than the medication information itself says, then I'd ask the doctor to explain the discrepancy. Just for future reference.

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Armywife93
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I will thank you
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Meggsy
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I suggest a visit to the pharmacy and get a pregnancy test kit.
When in doubt - RTFL. Read the flamin literature.

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Robin Lee
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HI Meggsy,

Just a quick note to let you know that the "ask Scarleteen" and "emergencies and crises" forums are both for staf and volunteer responses only, so in future, please refrain from responding to threads in those forums, unless, of course, they're threads that you started.

Thanks.

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Sorry -
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