Post # 1
Just curious on how easy it is to get pregnant on the pill.
I have never taken it, and am looking into it now. I know the statistics stay like 99% effective, but what does that exactly mean?
I take a med every day, but forget allll the time, and I am super nervous because I will be 22/23 when I get married and I am still in school and don’t want a baby till like 28-30!
Can you really go that long without getting pregnant? Have any of you bees had an unplanned pregnancy from taking the pill? How long have you been taking it for?
I’m sorry for such a naive question, I am just not sexually active haha.
Post # 3
Basically, if you don’t take it every day, and more specifically, at around the same time every day (I was told there’s like a two hour window), then you’re not taking it “correctly” and you increase your chance of becoming pregnant. It also depends on the individual person though, and your own fertility, which days you have sex, which days you miss on your pill, etc.
Post # 4
From anecdotal experience, I’ve been on it for 10 years, have been sexually active that whole time, including several monogamous relationships when we weren’t using condoms, and I haven’t gotten pregnant. Now maybe I’m secretly infertile, but it is possible to be on it for years and not get pregnant. I also used to set an alarm on my cell phone every night when I was supposed to take it, and I’ve gotten better about remembering. It’s not right for everyone, and there’s always that tiny tiny chance it’ll fail, but it’s extremely effective.
Post # 5
Uh oh, you double posted! Here’s what I said on the duplicate thread:
The stats mean that one in 100 women will get pregnant on the pill in a given year.
I got pregnant on the pill taking it perfectly with zero drug interactions, to give you an idea. It is definitely possible!
ETA I had been on the pill for about 7 years when I got pregnant, but I was only sexually active for about 2 1/2 of those years (went on it to stop painful cramps)
Post # 6
You just reminded me that I forgot to take it this morning. OOPPSS!!!
Post # 7
I posted in your other thread as well.
Have been on the pill 7 years.
Sexually active with no form of “back up” birth control.
Not always 100% perfect in taking it (and have been on antibiotics with it).
Never gotten pregnant or had a late period.
@Miss OBG: Maybe I’m secretly infertile too.
Post # 8
@KatNYC2011: That is one of my fears. What if I spent all this time and energy trying not to get pregnant, and then it turns out I can’t? On one hand, kind of funny in an ironic way. On the other hand, heartbreaking.
Post # 9
@Miss OBG: I hear you, especially since I don’t want to star thinking about having kids for at least another 4-5 years.
Post # 10
You should talk to a Gynocologist or doctor.
Personally, I’ve been sexually active (with my FI) & on the pill for 5 years. I have not gotten pregnant. I use an alarm clock on my phone to remind me to take it. Sometimes I forget & take it later, or take 2 pills the next day. But I remember almost every time. HOWEVER; I have a condition which likely makes me infertile. So that could be why I didn’t get pregnant.
But, basically, you want to take the pill around the same time every day. Or at least within 3 hours of the time. The more spread out the doses, the less effective it will be. Even if you take it perfectly, it is still possible to get pregnant. You can find statistics and whatnot, but it really depends on your own body, and methods.
If you are very forgetful, then I would consider either having a backup method such as condoms, spermicide, etc. Or, consider another form of contraceptives, such as the IUD. (athough some doctors only recommend the IUD for women who have had a baby already)
Post # 11
@Miss OBG: Ok. Now I’m really glad I’m not the only person who is secretly terrified of this.
I’ve been on the pill for 10 years and have never had a scare but I’ve always used double contraception until my FI and I were living together (so that’s about 1.5 years). And I am NOT always good about taking it and have definitely been on antibiotics while taking it (though my doctor doesn’t believe that antibiotics have been really confirmed to interfere with how the pill works).
Post # 12
I’d discuss with you OB about options. They almost never let young women have an IUD but ya never know unless you ask if it’s right for you. I’ve been on the pill for 2 years and had some trouble taking it every day/at the same time for a long time. Its now habit but I occasionally slip up and forget for like 12 hours.. but. we always use condoms. always. it’s a back up system because we really dont want to get pregnant now. Make it a priority if it’s important to you both.
Post # 13
I have taken the pill on and off for 10 years. I only take it when I am sexually active. If I, for example, were to break up with a boyfriend I would immediately go off the pill. I don’t like to be on it when I don’t have to be.
Throughout the 10 years I have been on numerous pills (switching every time I started back up) while mostly taking it at the same time (sometimes I was late, and I have completely forgotten it before and not taken it until the next day). Never once got pregnant. For what it’s worth, my husband and I decided to go off the pill late last year. I got pregnant on my second cycle.
Post # 14
Thanks for answering guys!
I just.. reallly don’t want to get pregnant for a long time, and I worry about it
Post # 15
I’m a big advocate of Nuvaring – you say that you forget to take your medication all the time. I was the same way and nuvaring helps to alleviate that part. (And, it’s not noticable during sex). Just put it in once a month, take it out 3 weeks later and put a new one in a week after that. No pills, and no side effects for me 🙂