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playingbyheart
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I know that you're going to say I should have went and gotten that ECP as soon as the condom broke, but I didn't. And I know that you all don't really understand the fact that I've only had a period without the help of drugs once in my life, and that was way back when I was 14. ... But just recently the doctor put me on this drug that's a generic brand of progesterone to make me have my period. I was supposed to take the pill for 14 days and then get a really heavy period 2-7 days after. However, it's already about 6-7 days after and there has been no period. The 2nd and 3rd day there was a very tiny bit of spotting, on the second day there was enough to have to wear a tampon, but not an incredible amount. Is it possible that taking progesterone can make a person ovulate? Can you be ovulating if you don't get your period? I'm really annoyed with my doctors, because even the specialists can't give me straight answers. My endoctrinologist said how I sholdn't really be able to get pregnant... I don't know. She idn't say I couldn't, just that I shouldn't. And now, i'm pretty much freaking out. I should just go buy a pregnancy test but-- I'm scared. Scared to admit that this could be a possibility. I'm not sure what my parents would do... they're happy that I'm finally dating a guy, -- suddenly they'll wish I was still with a girl! I don't know what to do. And I know you will say to go get the test. But i can't. Not yet. Maybe I'll call the doctor. Does anyone know about this progesterone thing?
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Heather
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Can you find out the exact name of the pill you were on? Was it the mini-pill? if so, that does work as birth control, but not as effectively as the combination pill. And if it was a dose/formulation meant to treat a medical condition instead of intended for use as birth control, it may or may not be effective. As well, how long were you taking these pills for? Even with the mini-pill, if you had condom breakage in the first couple weeks, and certainly the first week, it's not going to be effective birth control.

Yes, you can be ovulating if you don't get your period, and yes, it's possible you were ovulating with a low dose of progesterone.

So, yes, I'm going to say to get and take a pregnancy test because there is no other sound or reasonable answer. I'm also going to say that it's really important you're as straight with your doctors as you can be, so if you WANT a pill for birth control, you state that you need that and ask how to use such. I'm also going to suggest you make sure you're using condoms correctly. Really, when they are used correctly, and are good quality condoms, breakage is not at all common, but pretty darned rare. Given you had a condom break, I'm also going to suggest that you get STD and STI screens, as should your partner.

Go ahead and call your doctor -- but all they're going to be able to tell you is an estimate of how effective or not those pills might have been. They can't tell you if you're pregnant or not, they aren't psychic, love. You're going to need to take a test, especially if you have very scanty or irregular periods which are "forced" by pills (and thus are withdrawal bleed, not a "true" period).

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playingbyheart
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I was on 200mg of prometrium for 14 days. Well I realized I only took it for 13 days because I just foundone of the pills on the floor. The point was that I was supposed to take it to "clear out" my system, and then the sunday after I got my period I was going to go on Yasmin (the reg. birth control) to permenantly regulate my body and provide protection. It's just that I haven't had this heavy period that I was supposed to get... so either the hormone pill didn't work or I'm pregnant. I wish the doctor would have mentioned something about the progesterone pills causing ovulation... (if they do?) -- I think they are the mini bc pills, but if I just started taking them then I'm sure they wouldn't do any good. How does one know if they ovulate if they never bleed? I mean is it possible that I have been ovulating monthly but just didn't get a period? Somehow the eggs and the lining got stuck in there? Is there no medical test to find out if I'm ovulating? I guess if I'm pregnant I'll know that I am... well, that I was. Great way to find out, huh?
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Heather
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Based on some quick research it does NOT look like that medication as prescribed is effective by itself as birth control.

(And even if it were, having taken it for less than one full cycle would likely have made it not so in and of itself)

The pills aren't going to "make" you ovulate. Either you already are or you aren't, but not having a period does not mean you are not ovulating. Yes, there are tests to find out if you're fertile. I can't tell you what's going on with your body, because I'm not your doc and don't know if you're on those meds because of endometriosis or amenorhea because of something else.

So again, for now, get a test. And for later, either make sure you're always using at least condoms and always using them correctly (if I recall, both have been an issue with you and this partner in the past), or hold off from sex until you can, and if a condom breaks, get EC if you do not wish to become pregant. While it sounds like your doc could have informed you better, you've also made choices here too that had nothing to do with the docs, like not getting the MAP when you had this happen. Please remember too that pregnancy is not the only risk out there. Statistically, you're MORE likely to contract an STD or STI from an incident of unprotected sex than you are to become pregnant.

Thing is, your doc may not be giving you straight answers because he or she may not know those answers yet, and in those cases, the only smart thing to do is to use reliable birth control (and EC if need be) until you know for sure. Again too, it's is TOTALLY important to tell your doctors if you are sexually active, if you didn't, and ask clearly about if this medication is, all by itself, effective birth control. Assuming it is and hoping for the best just doesn't work, honey.

You can also always research your own medications, or ask your pharmacist questions. Here's the company info on the medication], FYI.

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