Likelihood of getting pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7192 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Just think that you only have about a 20% chance of conceiving with perfect timing when you are trying. I wouldn’t worry too much about it!

Post # 4
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

You have to miss multiple pills over several days for there really to be a chance of you getting pregnant. Taking a pill a few hours late will not make a difference, especially if the pill has consistently worked for you in the past.

Post # 5
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

You will be fine 🙂 I heard you can even skip a pill and you will more than likely be ok. I never dared do that, but many times I forgot to take my pill at the exact same time, so I am pretty positive you will be ok.

Post # 6
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@future_mrs_s:  Missing one pill by a couple hours is not going to cause you to ovulate.  And anyways, you wouldn’t still be on a normal “schedule” for a regular cycle.  You have nothing to worry about.

Post # 7
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Just because you take your pill late doesn’t mean you’re suddenly not protected. There are a lot of factors that go into birth control — Your cervical mucus thickens so sperm can’t get past and your ovaries do not release eggs. Not to mention your thinner-than-normal uterine wall.

You’re fine.


Post # 8
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you have a negative chance of conceiving.

I would miss pills left and right, take them at all times of the day, double up when I missed… not that I’d recommend it… but it was like that for 7 years. After 3 solid weeks off the pill, I did get pregnant (on purpose).

Don’t sweat a few hours here and there!

Post # 9
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Not pregnant.

Post # 10
5392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@future_mrs_s:  I have been seuxally active for 12 years and had zero scares/accidents. Most of that time has been spent in a relationship in which we rely on my pill, and nothing else: no condoms, no pull-out, etc.

To answer your question:

a) the pill stops ovulating generally speaking, so, stop looking at when you’re ‘ovulating’; it’s pointless

b) taking your pill a few hours late should NOT make a difference generally speaking, HOWEVER, it depends on the pill. However, as far as I know, only mini-pill/progestogen only pills have such a small window (3 hours for most bar Cerazette); to my knowledge, most combined pills have at least a 24 hour window, and I know that with several, you have to miss two pills in a row before you need to worry ie taking one pill a few hours late isn’t even classed as a missed pill. But, like I said it depends on the pill, so you should check the leaflet or check with your doctor/pharmacist. If you HAVE missed a pill, then the morning after pill is effecrive for up to 72 hours after, and the coil for up to 7 days.


Post # 11
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you should be fine! My fiance and I have had many similar experiences but never got pregnant.


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