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I'm on birth control, have been for a while. I'm usually good with it, sometimes I'm late on maybe one or two pills per pack. I use condoms 99% of the time, but maybe 3 times I've had sex without a condom (these were all on days when I had taken my pills on time every day of that pack). 3 months ago I had a weird period..... it was very light in the beginning but picked up by the last 2 days, but everyone told me it was nothing.

But I've been gaining alot of weight lately and it is all going to my stomach. Thing is, I've gotten my period every month right on time.

I read online some place that you can get a period (or monthly bleeding, not period blood) and still be pregnant. But my bleeding is on time every month, and lasts for about a week, it definitely seems like a regular period. That one weird one just made me so nervous.

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It sounds like you had a normal variation on your period and nothing to worry about. I don't see how you've had a pregnancy risk but if something as quick and easy as taking a pregnancy test will make you feel better, by all means do so.

The weight gain I can't explain. Have you made any changes in the way you eat or exercise? Is it possible you're putting so much focus on your stomach that you're mentally exaggerating its appearance? If none of those sound right, sudden and dramatic weight fluctuations should be checked out by your health care provider.

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I didn't really have a pregnancy risk, but I've heard from quite a few people that they got pregnant even while on birth control. I'm never really concerned when I combine birth control with condoms I'm not as paranoid, but I did try sex without condoms a few times, the most recent being a month and a half ago. Those times make me really paranoid, so I decided to just use a condom everytime since then.

I just finished my first semester of college, which could account for the weight gain. Its been like 15-17 lbs, which isn't massive, but noticable.

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The "freshman fifteen" is pretty common. [Smile]

The combination pill is 99% effective with perfect use. Perfect use means taking it as directed (being a little late once or twice a pack is no big deal), not throwing up shortly after taking it, and not taking antibiotics that could compromise its effectiveness. That being said, using condoms as a back-up is a great idea. Not only can they offer extra peace of mind, they provide protection from STIs.

It sounds like you're being pretty proactive about your sexual health care so keep it up.

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