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girlfriend2925
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Hi, So i've been on birth control (tri-nessa) for about 8 months. I take it every day at the same time. If I ever take it late its only by about 20 minutes and thats not very often and have never missed a day. I had sex last month on the first day of my pack. He wore a condom and pulled out. Realistically what are the chances of me getting pregnant? like percentage wise? i'm still 7 days away from when i normally get my period but ive been feeling a little bit dizzy for the past few days. Should I be worried or am i just freaking myself out? Also, if birth control is supposed to stop you from ovulating then how do i know when i'm most fertile so i can stay away from having sex during that time. Thanks for all your help! This is a great site

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Karybu
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Check it out: The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method


All the effectiveness rates for combining two methods of birth control are in there. [Smile] (If you're using condoms and the pill, btw, then there's no need to add in withdrawal as well, as you're already as protected as you can get with those first two methods.)

In terms of fertile days, on the pill, you don't have any. You're equally protected from pregnancy every day of your cycle, even during the placebo pills, as long as you take them on time and don't miss any. So there's no need to worry about when it's safest to have sex.

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Wow! Thanks so much for the quick response! [Smile]

I just saw that i have a 98.8% effective rate which is great so realistically i really shouldn't trouble myself by worry myself sick right?

also, one last question and i'm sorry if this is stupid but is it ever possible to ovulate on the pill? I know the pill stops it but i was just curious. Like say your on an antibiotic which i know lessens the effectiveness of birth control but does that mean that i would ovulate then?

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Worrying yourself sick is never a good thing, but if you're asking whether you have a realistic risk to worry about, no, you don't.

It's possible to ovulate on the pill, but very unlikely. No method of birth control is 100% effective, but the pill is highly effective when used properly. Some (not all) antibiotics do interfere with the pill's effectiveness, making it more likely that ovulation will happen, but it's still not guaranteed. Taking medication that interacts with the pill doesn't mean that your pill is totally useless, it just means that it's not as effective as usual. Does that make sense?

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Thank you so much for your help! [Smile] As per the ovulation answers yes it does!
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Glad to help! [Smile]

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