Post # 1
Do you have a higher risk of getting pregnant on the pill if it’s low dose? I’m currently on Microgestin 1/20 (generic for Loestrin). I take it at the same time everyday, or within 10 minutes of my alarm going off. I never miss pills either. I’ve heard so many horror stories of people getting pregnant on the pill and with perfect use.
I’m considering asking the doc for a higher dose of the same pill (1.5/30). I’m just super paranoid and FI has never finished inside me yet (we’re saving that for the wedding night). Neither of us are even close to being ready for a baby. Thoughts? Thanks!
Post # 3
As far as I’m aware, you don’t have a higher risk of getting pregnant when you are on low dose.
I myself can’t use low dose because i makes me spot all month – its awful. So I HAVE TO take the 1.5/30.
I don’t know people who had been on the pill AND were consistent AND who got pregnant anyway. Typically they forgot one day or they are late taking the pill by more than 3 hours.
Post # 4
Maybe just talk to your doctor about it and ask them if the dosage actually impacts your ability to get pregnant.
One time I asked my GP (I was in my teens) for a lower dose pill because I didn’t want so much hormones in my body. She gave me a weird look and said “That’s not how it works, the dosage doesn’t really change.. it’s just a different formula”. Anyways, not sure what the hell she was even talking about. She seemed really strange to me and I didn’t go to her for very long because she was scatterbrained and I didn’t trust her. I don’t even know if she knew what she was talking about when she said that.
The pill is quite effective though and it sounds like you are being very good about taking it at the same time every day. I have only known 1 person to get pregnant while on the pill and she forgot several in a row.
My advice would be to use another form of protection along with the pill. That is what my husband and I did for our first year of marriage. I wasn’t at all worried since we were doubling up. I did forget 1 pill 1 time and it was nice knowning that we had been using condoms anyways. There are lots of other forms of birth control though, so you could always choose another!
Post # 5
A “low dose” birth control is, to my understanding, a single hormone pill whereas a “higher dose” of birth control is a two-hormone pill. I doubt you’d have a higher chance of pregnancy on the low dose mainly because it isn’t the hormone that is keeping you from getting pregnant, but moreso the affect the hormone has (Not allowing you to ovulate + thinning the uterine wall + thickening of cervical mucus)
Post # 6
@Hyperventilate: Thank you all for your input. Looks like I won’t be switching after all 🙂