If you're sexually active…YES you can get pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re taking your BC 100% correctly the percentage of women who still get pregnant is a very small percent.. Yep it still happens though. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

If you take it correctly you shouldn’t have a problem, like many people say, they aren’t saying it is 100% effective, they are just saying the likelihood that a pregnancy will occur is really low. No one is denying the possibility is there.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Of course it is possible, which it is why it is best to use at least double protection.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@MrsSmokey: My 6 close friends, 2 siblings and I are super careful on BC. We have been taking it them for 15 years and no one has has gotten pregnant. That’s just my experience.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Personally I’ve never known anyone on BC get pregnant. Everyone I do know was either trying or couldn’t be bothered to prevent it. It may not be 100% effective, but… you know.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

The POM and knowing my body always worked for me. I know someone got pregnant with an IUD, which is the exact reason I will not take birth control. However the IUD and various forms of BC work for other people, I just don’t want to stuff my body with hormones.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MrsSmokey:  Preach! 

I’ve had many friends get pregnant on birth control and anecdotes are deceiving Wink

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You CAN but if you’re using BC correctly, it is EXTREMELY unlikely that you will. Millions of women use BC and VERY VERY few fall pregnant. Your chance each year is less than 0.1% whilst sexually active. 

Most pregnancies whilst on BC result from improper use – that’s is simply the fact. If you are the 0.1% then you really are an anomaly – and you can’t really blame people for assuming it was incorrect usage that caused the pregnancy since that’s how most pregnancies whilst “using” BC occur. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsSmokey:  saying you ‘shouldn’t have a problem’ is very different to saying that it is 100% effective.

When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective. This means that if 100 women use it for 1 year, less than 1 will get pregnant; if 100 women use no contraception for a year, around 80 will get pregnant.

So, if you use the pill correctly it is very unlikely you will get pregnant; but of course it is still a possibility. It is up to the individual woman to assess how comfortable she feels with the efficacy of any given method, and whether, for example, she would prefer to use 2 methods to increase her protection even more. For me personally, I’m very happy with the efficacy of the pill, and so choose not to use condoms or the pull out method as well; but, I am not against abortion and live somewhere where they are free and legal, so, I do have a back-up if it came to it.

And FWIW, while there ARE genuine cases of women falling pregnant when using contraception correctly, IMPO if you do a little digging, it turns out they didn’t. For example, a colleague got pregnant with her third (unplanned) child while ‘on the pill’; it actually transpired that she’d missed 3 of her pills in one week over the Christmas period and so she wouldn’t have been fully protected. Similarly, in a lot of cases of women getting pregnant with coils, they haven’t been fitted correctly, which massively reduces efficacy. I do think some women are just hyper fertile though.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@barbie86:  +1 to all of that.

I know tons of people who have been using BC effectively for 20+ years so I was shocked when I came on here and saw everyone who got pregnant using it. This might sound mean but I highly doubt that everyone on here claiming to use it perfectly was actually using it perfectly. Every single person that I know IRL that was “taking it perfectly” when they got pregnant ended up revealing that they missed a pill or they weren’t taking it at the same time. Obviously I don’t sit on the bee and judge everyone but I do have a hard time believing they are all taking it correctly.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsBeck:  Yup; I’ve been on hormonal BC of some form for over 11 years, with no issues. But, I am very careful, and follow the guidelines to a T, and then some. If I miss just one pill, I abstain for a week, even though the new guidelines state that you need to miss 2 in a row before taking extra precautions (I’m old school and the old rules stated that if you missed 1 you needed to abstain or double-up). Once, when I missed a pill but didn’t realise, and had sex, I took the MAP even though the pharmacist told me it wasn’t strictly necessary. So, I’m very careful, and doubt it’s a massive coincidence or ‘luck’ that I’ve had no ‘accidents’ in my time on it.

Like you, the only people I know who’ve got pregnant while using the pill/similar haven’t been using it correctly eg they don’t know the rules for missing a pill, they don’t take it at roughly the same time each day, etc. I knew one girl who just used to take random pills ie not take them in order; I never got that. How would she know if she missed one?… Just bizarre.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MrsBeck:  That’s true, but we are human beings who are bound to use birth control imperfectly. I don’t know anyone who has ever taken their birth control at the same time every day, without taking any other medicine that interferes with it, doesn’t consume grapefruit (interferes with some bc pills) and stores them in a temperature controlled environment. Hopefully with more sex ed everyone can learn about how to take birth control medication correctly. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Most of my married friends to my knowledge are NOT using double protection, and no babies or mistakes yet. They all accept that this could lead to pregnancy, but since they are already married, they are willing to take the risk. Literally the only girl I know who an accident has happened to missed her pill when she was out of the country and then it happened. I have another friend who says she takes it “within 3 hours” which to me, is a huge risk, I wouldn’t do it. I definitely believe it happens, but like the previous poster said it generally happens when someone doesn’t take it perfectly. If you look on planned parenthood, missing 1-2 pills (not within the first 3 days) does not even put you at a big risk because it says you do NOT need to use a backup method on their website as long as you take it as soon as you remember. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AlwaysSunny:  this is true. I’m really lucky I didn’t get pregnant when I was on the pill in college because I took  at completely random times! When I’m on any kind if medication I abstain, even if the doctor told me it’s okay because I’m a bit paranoid. I agree with you that better sex ed will help. I’ve come across people who didn’t know you were supposed to take it at the same time or who missed three days or even people taking antibiotics and just didn’t know that it affected their BC.

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