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I have a question because my doctor gave me different information than my pharmacist. When I first went on birth control (the pill) I told my doctor that I was on Menocyclin (an antibiotic for my acne) and I asked if it would interfere with the pill. She said not to worry that the chances were higher if I missed a pill of me getting pregnant than that of me getting pregnant due to the antibiotics. So this weekend my boyfriend and I had sex using only the pill as protection. However I kinda started stressing about the antibiotic interfering and so i called the pharmacist and he said that I need to use a back up form to avoid pregnancy. Can you please tell me my pregnancy risk? Is it high, or moderate, or low etc. I was wondering if I should get EC (by the time i can get it it will have been over 72hrs but less than 120). Thanks.

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As this is the end of your first cycle of pills, it's really difficult to put an exact estimate to it. If getting pregnant absolutely is NOT an option right now, then you might do well to look into getting EC (at least call and ask if it is recommended).

For future reference, I'd support what your pharmacist advised. Do make sure that you are using a backup (like condoms or a diaphram) for as long as you are taking the antibotics and then for a full cycle after you stop the antibotics. If you don't want to get pregnant, you're much better safe than sorry.

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Thank You.
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