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i want to stop the pill, it is making me mentally and physically sick. i have a few more pills before the end of this pack... i've had sex without condoms in the past few days. if i stop taking it now, could there be a pregnancy risk? should i just wait a few more days?
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I'd suggest you try your best to finish out this pack, then stop taking them and not continue on. It'll be the least confusing to your body in terms of not having a lot of side effects or wonkiness as you stop, and although I'd say it's unlikely it would present a pregnancy risk, it's always best to be safe, and finishing out your pack would ensure that you would not have a pregnancy risk from your recent sxual axctivity.

And in the meantime, stock up on condoms and lubricant [Smile] hope stopping the pill helps and you feel better!

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My mom found the pack of pills in my wallet the other night. I had around 6 pills left. She confiscated it and wants me to see a gynecologist on Wednesday. Thing is, I told her it's to regulate my period (which is partly true because sometimes I get it in less that 18 days and I don't get PMS). Apparently, she doesn't believe me. Since she confiscated it, I haven't drank pills cos the gyne might detect it more.

1) What will the doctor do/ask me?
2) Will she find out easily if I've been having sex with my boyfriend?
3) The day my mom saw the pack was the day I first had sex with my boyfriend where he actually came inside me. What are my chances of getting pregnant?

Oh and last night, I was so dizzy, I wanted to throw up. I've been feeling nauseous lately. Could it be the pill or could it be that I'm pregnant?

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It depends on what your mother is having you go in for.

If it's just a yearly checkup, it will be much like a regular doctor's appointment. The doctor will likely perform a pelvic exam and Pap smear; no biggie all around.

A health professional is hopefully educated enough to know that you CAN'T tell whether somebody's had sex at a glance.

You have the right as a patient to see the doctor without your mom present. They also can't tell your mom anything if you say you want to keep it private; this is the law.

So, why not take advantage of your right to confidentiality by getting checked for STI's, as well as discussing your options for other birth control methods besides the pill?

(Dizziness that causes nausea, by the way, isn't a common side effect of either the pill or pregnancy. This is likely a different medical problem that you need to see your primary care provider about. It could be something as simple as an ear infection.)

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If I ask my mom to leave the room, she's going to be really suspicious. When I told her I was taking the pills because my period was irregular, she said she was confiscating the pills and we'd have to go to the gynecologist on Wednesday. My friend who's a med student said, she'll probably ask me about my period, etc etc then she'll do some tests. I just don't know what.

Anyway, just last Tuesday, I was in school and my head, hands, and feet numbed and I almost fainted. I told my mom that and so we went to the doctor to see if my heart, blood, blood sugar, and brain are okay. The tests turned out to be fine. I still get nauseous nevertheless.

EDIT. I took a home pregnancy test twice and they both turned out to be negative. Can gynecologists really find out if I had sex with my boyfriend almost a week ago or something to that effect?

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No OB/GYN will be able to tell you have had intercourse.

Honestly, it sounds to me as though there are other forces at work that are making you sick besides the pill.

Other than that, though, we encourage honesty with one's parental units. Chances are your mom already has inklings that you are sexually active, and it doesn't do any good lying to her if she already has figured it out. Best bet is to talk to her about it, b/c although she may not like it, she may be able to help you out.

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Thanks so much! What relief! Anyway, last question, I promise. As of today, I've missed three pills already since the start of the third week of my active pills. Should I finish the pack under a late sched, drink three pills immediately and follow the original sched, forget about the three pills and follow the original schedule, or stop it completely? I'm planning to stop for a month anyway.
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If you've missed three pills, follow the directions that came in the informational packet with the pills -- usually they just recommend that you stop taking the pills, wait until you get your period, and then start again. If you're planning to stop for a month, then just take your break now (use backup methods, obviously), then start again when your period comes.
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