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clueless about sex
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I finally decided to get on the pill to stop freaking myself out each month. I've been on it 3 months now, but I have a quick question.
My sugar pill week starts on Sunday night. I had sex on Sunday night as well. I started my "period" on that Wednesday. My question has three parts:
1. Can sperm (which I know can live several days in you) manage to stay up in there while you bleed?
2. Is the three days between Sunday and Wednesday enough time if it had fertilized something to raise my hormone levels to stop the impending period?
3.If I did bleed, when can I take a pregnancy test and trust it if I didn't technically miss a period?
The sugar pills make me nervous and the pills make my boobs hurt so I just wanted some clarification on that stuff. Thanks!

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You are protected during your entire cycle when you are on the pill, even during the placebo (sugar pill) week. If you are taking the pill correctly (taking it at the same time each day), then your risk of pregnancy is less than 1%.

If you have a withdrawal bleed, then you are not pregnant, even if that bleed comes shortly after unprotected sex. A fertilized egg needs a uterine lining to implant in, and implantation can take up to a week (that's why you've got to wait 10-14 days for a pregnancy test to work). During a period or withdrawal bleed, you shed that lining, so there's no where for implantation to happen.

If you're having a bleed, there's really no need to take a pregnancy test.

Are you currently backing up with condoms? If not, you might find that using two methods relieves what's left of your anxiety.

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I think I will start using condoms too. Thanks for explaining the withdrawal bleeding. I didn't know exactly what it was!
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Here's also some extra information about why the pill works during the placebo period which may be a comfort for you: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/how_do_birth_control_pills_really_work_even_during_the_placebo_period

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