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

posted 9 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My fiance and I often have sex during my inactive week (at least until my period comes, that is). Never had a problem.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@noritake22: my family has 3 pill babys and 1 IUD baby, pretty crazy we are fertile women so I stick with the 2 forms EVERY time!

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

As others have said, if you took the rest of the pack properly, you aren’t unprotected.  I never had a problem no matter when I had sex.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you need to revisit the doctor that prescribed you the pill and ask them to explain to you again how the pill works. The pill is quite effective birth control when taken correctly, it is never going to be 100% as any tummy trouble (diarrhea and vomitting) can upset the absorption, as can being slack with taking the pill at the same time each day.

There are 2 types of oral contraceptive – progesterone only and combination pill (progesterone and Oestrogen) (yes, spelling is different here in Aus!)

Progesterone only – this pill you HAVE to take at exactly the same time each day, as it prevents sperm entering the uterus by a mucous membrane. This membrane needs to be stimulated every day, otherwise it breaks down. As sperm can last 3 days, you can theoretically become pregnant by missing a pill AFTER you have had sex. Otherwise known as the mini pill.

Combination pill – what most women are on. Acts the same as the progesterone only but also has oestrogen to prevent you from ovulating. You ovulate when your oestrogen levels drop at around the 12-14 day mark. However, by continually taking oestrogen via the pill, your levels never drop at that point and you dont ovulate. Your body is still stimulated to produce your endometrium lining via other mechanisms and so that when it is at the 21 day mark and you start to take the sugar pills a few days later you get your period.

If you are taking your pill as you should – ie every day at the same time and you have no reasons for it not to be absorbed it should work very well and you will be able to have sex at any time throughout your cycle.

I hope that helps, but it is always best to go speak with your doctor to make sure you are understanding how your medication works.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Gals, Plan B is exactly the same as birth control pills. If you’ve taken your BC correctly, you can’t get pregnant on the placebo pills. OCPs work by preventing ovulation — if you haven’t ovulated, you can’t get pregnant. There would be absolutely no reason to have a placebo week if it was possible to get pregnant–what would be the point of being on birth control?

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

You can have sex whenever you want to if you’ve been taking the pill correctly for at least 4-6 weeks. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the sugar pill week or the BC week. No worries! And don’t waste your money with Plan B, unless you haven’t been taking it as directed. I wouldn’t worry about it, but like others said, you can get pregnant on any type of birth control. But many people can be worry free as it’s almost 100% effective, not quite. 🙂

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@jwinnings: I’m really glad you asked this! I had never even thought of it before..

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ha! It’s so interesting to see how many “pill babies” there are. My little brother is one (surprised my mom at age FORTY) and my daughter is one as well. Something tells me there’s something about our bodies that doesn’t take as well to BC as others. People always think I’m lying when I say I got pregnant on the pill- IT DOES HAPPEN! 

Post # 25
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Wannabee

Okay, I’ve been taking the pill for like, 4 months now; I usually skip the placebo week entirely. Now, I got a little ahead of myself and had unprotected sex the day right before I was supposed to start a new pack. I took it the next day like I should have, but I’m still freaking out. Should I look into Plan B?

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@jojo5667: As many people have previously stated in this thread, as long as you take the active pills daily at approximately the same time, then that will be 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy all times of the month.  The pill inhibits ovulation (the release of an egg from your ovary).  If you miss a few pills, likely a week or so later you would ovulate and THAT is the time you would get pregnant.  If you miss an active pill, and then have sex that day you won’t get pregnany because you wouldn’t have had time to ovulate.

Your question though implies that you have been taking your pills regularly and are just on your placebo week.  If that is the case, you are fine.

Post # 27
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@jojo5667: Are you saying that you skip the placebo week and go to the next pack immediately?  If so, you are protected as long as you took the pill at the same time daily and didn’t skip any pills.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

As far as I know, you will not ovulate–and therefore cannot get pregnant– unless you take two weeks (or more) off the active pill.You’ll be protected during your placebo week. I have never taken the sugar pills during my placebo week and only had an “oops” once on the pill because I was taking antibiotics at the same time but failed to double up on protection. 

As for Plan B, most pharmacists will not sell it to you if you’ve been taking your birth control pills correctly because you’re not an increased risk of pregnancy and simply do not need it. 

Post # 29
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Newbee

No, there;s nothing in those pills anyway. Taking them or not is the same thing.

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just keep in mind that sperm can live inside you for up to 4 days!

Post # 30
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you should go to the pharmacy, because if there is even a small chance you can get pregnant you’d better take care of it. There are lots of weird cases when a woman can get pregnant, on a period, for example: http://motherhow.com/can-you-get-pregnant-on-your-period/. So if you don’t want to have a baby yet, make sure you’re not pregnant. 

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