Can you get pregnant on the last “sugar pill” week of your birth control?

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you took all of the active tablets correctly, you should not get pregnant during the week you are taking placebo tablets.  If you have concerns, I would definitely recommend calling your pharmacy.  They will be able to provide additional information and reassurance.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

You won’t get preggers on the “placebo” pills.  They’re actually not placebo pills and at least mine have 1/5 the normal dose in them so you’re supposed to take them to prevent period symptoms.  I went 1-2 years without taking them at all during the week off and definitely did not get pregnant.  But I second the PP, definitely call the pharmacy and don’t take advice from lil ol me over the internet.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you have taken the first 3 weeks as you are supposed to. You don’t even HAVE to take the placebo pills, they are just reminders so that you don’t forget which day to start your next packet. I highly doubt you need Plan B but if you are that worried call your doc or pharmacy.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My gyno always said it’s perfectly safe to have sex during the sugar pill days.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It probably won’t be a problem, but if it was me, I’d be heading to the pharmacy for Plan B ASAP. I wouldn’t want to take that small chance. It’s only about $40 – why not?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would say “no” but my friend has a “Sugar Pill Baby” so yes, it is possible. I would go ahead and take Plan B just in case.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you take your pills correctly you have the same chance of getting pregnant while on the sugar pills than you do from having sex any other day of the month, which means you have a less than .1% chance.  If taken correctly, birth control pills are 99.9% effective regardless of the day.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

It is very unlikely, but technically, you can pregnant while taking the active pill or sugar pill, since the pill isn’t 100%. You aren’t any more likely to be, though.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If your period is supposed to start tomorrow, then you would have ovulated approximately 14 days ago (give or take a few days), if your BC failed (if it’s effective you shouldn’t be ovulating at all). You shouldn’t need Plan B.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Technically no; however, you can still get pregnant even if you take the pill exactly as directed. My first born is a pill baby. The best option to not get pregnant is to use two forms of birth control at the same time.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Everdeen: Many people find take Plan B to be rather unpleasant.  Because it’s a higher dose of medication, there are more side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and heavier menstrual bleeding (to name a few).  It’s a great drug to use when you you’ve had unprotected intercourse.  However, the OP didn’t have unprotected intercourse – she was correctly using BC tablets.

@jwinnings: If you decide to look into Plan B, please talk to the pharmacist and let them know you were correctly taking birth control pills and were just on the last week of medication.  A good pharmacist will talk to you to confirm if you are actually at an increased risk for pregnancy (such as skipping several active tablets) or if you are safe with just your current regimen (which I really think you are).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@EvaBostonTerrier: I know that Plan B can be unpleasant. Believe me! I have taken it twice before whilst on BC for a similar situation to the OP. So in my opinion Plan B is the way to go. Feeling sick for a little while is a small price to pay to prevent a lifetime change at the wrong time in your life.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You should be fine. I don’t get my period until at least 3 days into the sugar pills and sometimes have sex during the first few and have never gotten pregnant on the pill. If you are scared though i would do the plan “b”

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