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dcgal2013
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Hello. This is my first time asking for advice on this site, and Iím looking forward to hearing from you. Iíve already spoken to two nurses about this situation, but I guess I need one more voice for reassurance, too.

Iíve been on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for two years and have never missed a pill. However, this month, I may have missed one of the dark-blue pills during the third week. I say may because I remember that when I popped the pill out of the container, it got lost, but I thought I had found it and taken it. However, last Sunday, I found a sliver of it sitting on my desk. It wasnít a full pill, just the little part that says W-O on the pill.

My worry comes from this. I do use the pill as my primary form of BC, combined with the withdrawal method. Since I did not think I had missed a pill, I didnít use condoms when I had sex on Thursday. So, hereís the timeline again.

Pill potentially missed sometime between June 25 and July 2. Sex had on Thursday, July 4. Withdrawal bleeding began on July 5, as expected, and was a normal length and flow. Sliver of pill discovered evening of July 7.

Considering that I had my withdrawal bleed as expected, the nurse at my GYN office says to not be concerned, so does the nurse at my University Health Center. However, I just want to hear it from a third source, as silly as it sounds.

Is it possible to get pregnant in a situation like this? Itís definitely made me more aware of the fickleness of the pill and Iím considering using another method, too, such as condoms.

Thanks for your information.

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Heather
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You know, it's always possible to get pregnant if and when we're engaging in the kind of sex that can create a pregnancy.

So, it's not about risk or no risk, but about how much of one.

While withdrawal isn't as effective a backup as condoms, it still is a backup, and if you've been using it properly, you can figure that if there was an issue per this pill, you'd still be pretty darn covered.

Like those nurses said, I'm not seeing a big cause for concern here, either.

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dcgal2013
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Thank you for your speedy response.

One last addition to this that I forgot in the original post, and your answer will ease my worried brain. (I'm already reconsidering my backup method.)

When we did engage in sex that day, we actually had sex twice, but he did not urinate in-between. I've read that, without urinating in-between, pre-cum can contain semen. Should I be even more worried now, or does this not change anything?

I apologize for the seemingly silly question, but I've never experienced anything like this.

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Karybu
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The effectiveness rate of the withdrawal method takes into account the fact that there may be sperm in pre-ejaculate, so no, that doesn't change anything.

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dcgal2013
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Thank you so much.
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You're very welcome.

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