Post # 17
My mom and my sister both got pregnant while on the pill. (Mom went to the doctor with “the flu” and found out she was pregnant, and sister found out during an army physical exam.) Neither was on antiboitics.
I’m on the pill, but I also insist we use condoms too because of the bad track record in my family with the pill.
Post # 18
My mom got pregnant with me on the pill so I know it’s possible. My husband and I have always used both the pill and condoms because we’re super paranoid.
Post # 19
Yeah, as I understand it, the 99% thing means that 99% of women who take it correctly won’t ever get pregnant, but 1% will. It does not mean that if you were to take the pill for 100 months, you would be fertile for one of those months, and protected the other 99% of the time, or something like that. You’re either a person who it works for, or someone who it doesn’t work for. So women who have had one child while on the pill are more likely to have it fail again for them in the future, while if you’ve taken it with no baby for quite a few years, chances are you are one of those 99% of women for whom it works…
Post # 20
My SIL got pregnant on depo, then her second she was on the pill. Some people are just really fertile (and some women’s bodies don’t react like they should on the pill!). I would think that figuring out if you’re pregnant would be the same regardless of whether you were taking the pill (i.e. morning sickness, missed periods, peeing all the time, etc).
Post # 21
I was off of my pill for ONE week while i waited to get in to see my doctor to get a refill and wouldn’t ya know it, I got pregnant during that one week off lol. I knew I was pregnant REALLY early (we’re talking like 3 weeks into the rpegnancy) because I started getting more migraines. I remembered reading online that women who have migraines pre-pregnancy can either experience MORE or less mgiraines DURING pregnancy so I took a dollar store pregnancy test ‘for fun’ to see if I was preggo after experiencing 3 migraines in 1 week.
It was positive! Lol.
Post # 22
I did. But, I have never been great about remembering to take it at the same time every day. I didn’t realize it until I was about 2 weeks late, when I vomited 2 evenings in a row. My Fiance jokingly suggested I might be PG. It took me another few days to get up the nerve to take a test. I believe I continued to take the pill–although at my “whenever I remembered it” rate.
Post # 23
I got pregnant on Nuvaring. Im on it again, hoping to have the same accident.
Post # 24
This is too much for a “pregnophobe” like me. Its making me paranoid!!!
Post # 25
I just wanted to note that you can’t really use “my mom got pregnant on the pill” as evidence for how effective the pill actually is. Most of the people on this board are in the 18-30 age group which means their mom was taking the pill in the 70s and 80s (although I know many have younger siblings born much more recently). A lot has changed with the pill since then .
Post # 26
My cousin got pregnant on the pill about 8 years ago now. They were using the withdrawal method on top of that. SCARY. I’ve been on the pill forever and am pretty good about taking it, might miss a day occasionally but not often. We don’t use any backups. Just lucky I guess! My cousin now has an alert set up on her phone for 8pm every night that beeps and her screen says NO BABIES.
Post # 27
Thanks, ladies, for sharing your stories! Some of them are pretty funny! I forgot to pick up my refill and had to wait until the weekend was over and so I took it one day late and then forgot that I really needed to take two since I missed it, so I took the “two” to catch up 48 hours late…I’m not tracking ovulation since we don’t want to TTC until after we’re married next month, so I’m not sure when I ovulate. Hopefully, I’m not pregnant but it wouldn’t be so bad.
I just don’t want to keep taking the pill if I am. Guess I’ll just buy a test to see what the results are…!
Post # 28
I got pregnant on the pill taking it PERFECTLY and without any other medications that could have interfered. After a very frank discussion with my doctor and reading up on the studies that give the stats on pregnancy rates, it turned out the margin for error on that highly quoted “99%” rate is quite large – like the pill is really only 89-99% effective when you look at averages. SCARY. I use multiple forms of birth control simultaneously now.
Post # 29
My aunt had my cousin on the pill, this was in the 70s though… so it’s out-dated info.
I will share that I am AWFUL at taking my pills. I forget them, take them at weird hours, etc. I dont mean to, I just have a really bad memory. I’ve been on them for 3 years, and we dont use a backup method. Never been preggo. lol. I totally agree that some people are just more fertile than others.
Post # 30
@zippy: cell phone alarms work wonders on remembering the pill at the correct time everyday 😉
Post # 31
My old hairdresser got pregnant when she was on the pill and took an antibiotic.