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I am on a ultra-low dose form of birth control so I know that it's even more important to take it is as directed than higher dose formulas. I've also only been on it for about 3 packs and in my fourth pack.

My boyfriend and I had sex twice last Sunday morning, and both times he ejaculated inside of me. On my way home from his house, about two hours after the second time, I got into a car accident and hit a tree head on at 40 mph and ended up being transported in an ambulance to the hospital with a partially collapsed lung and a broken rib. I stayed in the hospital until Tuesday afternoon. I took my bc pill (in the first week of the pack) a few hours late, the night after the accident (my first night in the hospital) but took them on time (I think) the next two days, so Monday (last day of first week of pack) and Tuesday. I was on narcotics for pain and sleeping a lot and in turn, forgot to take my pill on Wednesday. I remembered the missed pill on Thursday evening and took it. I then must have thought I took my pill for that day and thus forgot Thursday's pill as well. I remembered on Friday evening and took Thursday's pill and Friday's pill later that night. I had mild, barely there, spotting Friday and Saturday.

I know sperm can live inside of a woman for up to five days, under the right conditions, and I know I was still leaking my partner's fluid for a few days after the accident. I'm worried that since my pill is an ultra low dose, and because I missed two in a row, that I could be pregnant. Is it likely that any of the sperm (from two ejaculations) would be viable/mobile enough to fertilize an egg about 3-4 days after intercourse considering the car accident, CT scan, narcotics and overall trauma? It's already too late to take emergency contraception but I haven't had sex since the accident, and won't be for awhile so I'm not concerned about current or future protection. The thought of pregnancy didn't dawn on me until yesterday because I normally take my pill on time and this is the first time I've ever missed pills.

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Sam W
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Hi Samantha,

So, since the late pills happened several days after the last time you had sex, then it's sound to assume that they worked as the should have when you had sex. However, if you are worried about being pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take a test.

If you are planning on having intercourse any time soon, it is a good idea to consult the pill instructions or your doctor to find out if a back-up method is necessary.

Also, I just want to ask if you and your partner are up to date on your STI tests?

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First of all, I am sorry to hear about your accident, and hope you are feeling better!

You do not need to worry about any sex you had before you started taking the pills irregularly. All you need to do now is to use a condom for any sex you might have for the rest of this pack, including the placebo week. Spotting at this point is completely normal, given the irregular pill-taking as well as the stress on the body from your accident.

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