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CorvusWolf
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I've been taking birth control for about four months now. I take it almost every day, but I do miss about three pills a month. About a week ago I had sex with my boyfriend and we used a condom. I remember taking my bc pills that day, the next day, and so on at about the same time... I checked the condom by filling it up with water to make sure it didn't break. I'm very sure it didn't. But lately I've been having some terrible cramps like I'm about to start my period, although my placebo week doesn't start until two weeks from now. Since I've started taking birth control, I've had few period pains that early before my period. On the birth control, I have very little pain before, during, and after my period, if any. When I wasn't on the birth control, I had some pain a few days before my period, and never any after. It's really worrying me that I'm having so much pain before my period, and I'm worried it could be an early sign of pregnancy. I also pretty much got over all the side effects of the birth control within about a month an a half. I haven't had any of the side effects for a while now. I don't think it could really be a side effect of the pills or a sign that my period is coming. Should I be worried??

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Heather
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When you say you're missing pills: do you mean you're taking them a little late, or that you're missing them entirely on a given day?

As well, are you both up to date with your sexual health exams and STI tests? Asking about this per the cramps.

(Mind, cramping is not a typical symptom of pregnancy, and really, there are few easily recognizable symptoms, save missing a period. When we're concerned we may be pregnant, the only sound response to get an accurate answer is to take a pregnancy test.)

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CorvusWolf
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By missing pills, I mean that I don't take them that day. Usually this is on the weekends when I go to my dads, and i miss saturday's and sunday's pill. I might be an hour or two late once in a while too. And as far as STIs, my boyfriend and I were both virgins when we first had sex, and I didn't have anything that I got from my mom, and he's very sure he couldn't give me anything... I had some exams done a few months ago when I got on birth control. I got a complete pap smear and a pregnancy test. The results from the pap smear were good...they didn't find anything.

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CorvousWolf: It really sounds like it's time you start considering some methods that don't require you take them every day. If you're missing three or more pills each month, your birth control will not likely be effective. Typically if you miss three you then stop the pack, take a placebo week and start all over, using backup for the placebo and the 1st week of the next pack. Three missed pills is considered ineffective per manufacturer instructions.

As well, missed and late pills can cause changes in your cycle,and also in how your body reacts monthly. Because you have missed pills, you'll want to take a test either 10-14 days from the last risk or if your period is late.

[ 10-07-2010, 05:59 PM: Message edited by: Stephanie_1 ]

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CorvusWolf
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so are you saying i could really be at risk for being pregnant?? Even though we used a condom??
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CorvusWolf
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I'm sorry I think I forgot to mention that he pulled out before he ejaculated...He's sure he pulled out way before he ejaculated too...I'm sorry I'm just freaking out about this so much...everything I find on the internet that relates to cramps without a period or way before a period is related to pregnancy....but I thought that signs of pregnancy don't typically show up until several weeks after it really happens?? I thought a missed period was the first sign typically?? The cramps I'm having are also sometimes just on the side...but also in the center of my lower abdomen, it's just sort of just half and half on that.... but what should I do?? should I stop taking the pills (I have about a week's worth left before my placebo week) and wait until I have a period?? Or should I keep taking the pack until the placebo week like usual and wait for my period then??
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Sorry to reply again but i've been looking up info on cysts. When I cramp, it can be focused on the sides...but I remember most of the time when I did cramp on the sides of my abdomen, it was my left side. The pain comes when I'm trying to lift something, or I'm just doing some physical activity. Although I do have pain while I'm sitting down, during the past few days I've been having cramps and pain while I'm doing something physical. It's been getting worse over the past few days. Is there a chance it could be a cyst too?? I've heard thats an extremely common problem...

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Have you been using condoms for ALL genital contact? As Stephanie has said, the pill can really only work if it is taken as directed, and missing three pills is NOT okay. So, at this point, you cannot rely on the pill to offer you protection. But if you also used condoms for all genital contact, and did not have any condom failures, then you do not need to worry about pregnancy.

If you're still worried, you can take a pregnancy test at 10-14 days after the risk, or on the first day of a missed period. Whichever comes first.

And as far as the pill is concerned, you'll either want to follow Stephanie's instructions for starting over, or you'll want to talk to your doctor about starting you on something like the Patch or the Ring, which you do not need to remember every day.

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