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Baylor59
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Hi,

So I have missed 3 periods now since having sex. I am on a birth control pill (although I am not always the best at taking it at the same time each day) and we used a condom (but I was drunk so I can't be sure that it didn't break or have any problems). I have however also had 3 negative pregnancy tests all at different weeks since then. In the past I have missed up to 2 periods in a row due to my birth control, but never 3 so that worries me...do you think there is a chance that I am pregnant? And also should I switch to a birth control that is always going to give me a period so that I don't have this worry? Thanks.

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What type of pill are you taking? When you say you don't always take it at the same time, what kind of a time frame are we talking about?

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Baylor59
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I am taking Microgestin Fe 1/20 which I think is generic for the Loestrin. Like I take it within a few hours, sometimes half a day difference.
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So you'd say that generally you are outside of your 3-hour window?

It is recommended to take the pill at the same time of day, every day, also because that keeps the level of hormones pretty constant. If you are taking the pill all over the place, that can confuse your body, and that may also be the reason that you're skipping withdrawal bleeds.

So, to start with, I'd recommend that you try and take your pills more regularly. Maybe you can set an alarm on your phone to remind you?

But since you did skip three bleeds in a row, it also would not be a bad idea to bring this up with your gynecologist. If you don't think you can take the pill at the same time every day, they may also recommend switching to a method you do not have to remember daily, like the Ring, Patch or Implant.

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Yes I would say I am outside my 3 hour window. I do have an alarm set on my phone, but I haven't found a good time of day that works for me to take it when I am always home yet, but I will try to take it more regularly. I have an appointment with my gynecologist next month and will bring it up though because I don't feel like its working for me anymore.

SO based on my 3 negative pregnancy tests should I not be worried about being pregnant?

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If you took the tests more than two weeks after the last risk, then yes, you can trust those results.

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Yes I did. Thank you for your help.
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