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Member # 102088
posted 01-18-2013 03:44 PM
I have been on birth control for 4 months now. On the last week of my active pills, I got the flu. I threw up about 5 hours after taking an active pill, but did not throw up again, and continued taking my active pills.
I feel as if I should have been protected during my placebo week, because I did not miss one of my active pills despite the illness, and the pill I took before being sick had plenty of time to absorb. Nevertheless, I started my placebo week, got my period, started my fifth month of pills and now I am not sure that my pills will be effective until I have taken my new pills for at least 7 days. Whenever my boyfriend and I have sex we use a condom, usually he also pulls out. I wanted to wait until I had been on the new pack for 7 days, but we only ended up waiting 5 days. He did not pull out this time during intercourse which makes me really nervous because when I looked at the condom there seemed to be some fluid around the shaft, and not just at the tip. If any semen leaked out of the condom from the base, is there a chance that my birth control would not be effective enough to stop pregnancy? As I previously mentioned I took all my active pills from the previous month, I just am unsure if they successfully carried me through the placebo week due to the illness. Therefore I am also unsure if my new week is immediately effective.
Member # 90293
posted 01-18-2013 04:42 PM
HI worried789 and welcome to Scarleteen,
If you took all your pills, and did not vomit any of them up (that is, right after or very soon after taking one) your cycle was not compromised. You might find these articles about the pill helpful. How do birth control pills really work, even during the placebo period? Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers) So long as the condom was fully on your boyfriend's penis, did not slide off or break, it's unlikely there was a condom failure. This is also the benefit of using two birth control methods: When one method isn't working or is perceived not to be working, the other method is there. Here's some more information on doubling up on birth control methods:
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method