(Closed) Have you gotten pregnant on birth control? By taking them typical-perfect use?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was on bc from age 16-32 (when we decided to get pregnant). I generally took it on time but I would forget a dose here and there. And I never got pregnant in more than 15 years. I think it seems more common than it really is because people are more likely to speak out about the failures.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I also wonder about that, but agree that it probably seems like a bigger problem than it is. Those women might take the pill regularly and on time, but still do something that messes with the functionality and didn’t realize it. For example, if you throw up or have diarrehea (sorry tmi;)) the pill might not work anymore. It even says that in the prescription, but I think it is often overlooked. Same thing with taking it with other medicine…so yeah, they might have taken the pill on time, but still compromised the functionality;) 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I been on it for at least 2 years straight and been sexually active for those two years no condoms and never got pregnant than again I am a type of person who tries to take it at the exact same time every day right up to the minute. My bf now fiance at the time thought I was crazy. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I have been on the pill for 8 years and not one scare. I am not even as punctual as I should be, let’s just say I take it every day…<br />Some antibiotics can interfere with the pill, but there are alternatives so just check with your doctor.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve been on it for years and never had even a mild scare so I am doubtful of most of the women who say they took it perfectly and got pregnant. Yes, there is a 1 in 1000 chance of getting pregnant but there’s definitely a higher percentage than that claiming they were the 1 in 1000! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

I got pregnant on birth control 7 years ago. I ended up getting pregnant because I was taking antibiotics that affected the pill and well.. you know the rest. I have an IUD now

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

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e11a:  I’ve been on hormonal BC of some form for the past 13 years and been sexually active the whole time, no scares/pregnancies. I’m sceptical of those who say they got pregnant while using certain methods perfectly, as, while some methods (et mini pill) are less effective, many (inc the combined pill) are basically 100% when used perfectly. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

The contraceptive pill is 99.99% effective. It is actually more effective than a condom which is 96% effective.  The pill remains 99.99% effective if taken as you are supposed to.  Therefore you must keep these rules in mind:  Always take it at exactly the same time.  1hour wont make a difference but beyond an hour – yes; you must not experience any vomiting or diarrhoea within 4hrs of taking it – if you do, you have to take it again;  antibiotics may interfere with how it works so you should be careful during that week especially if you do not know if that particular antibiotic affect’s the pill or not (most antibiotcs which affected the pill are discontinued because they are too old) – what I do when im on antibiotics, is take the 5 or 7 day free pill week during the antibiotics, so that I start fresh after 7days; other herbal remedies may also affect the contraceptive pill e.g. st john’s wort (but st johns wort is not available anymore in my country).  Other than that – you should be safe! Im a pharmacist 🙂 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by  niki2015.
Post # 10
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Busy bee

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niki2015: Thank you for the facts!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

5 years of the pill, 3 years of implant and 2 years of condoms andhave used accurately and never been pregnant.

I too am a little skeptical when people “accidently” get pregnant on the pill (especially if like my sister it happens 4 times).. I knoq most dont do it deliberately e.g. Pill was compromised by sickness, diarrhrea, antibiotics or simple forgetfulness but i believe if used properly youre nearly 100% safe (take same time, condoms/absteince if you forget or are sick)

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I know a few people who got pregnant on the pill. One word: antibiotics. Nobody ever told them that antibiotics made the pill ineffective. Nobody ever told me, either, and it’s not even in my old instructions for the pill. I don’t know how we were expected to figure that one out… telepathy, perhaps?

So yeah… if you have vomiting, diarrhoea, or are taking antibiotics, use a condom!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Was on the pill for over 20 years. Not a single pregnancy scare. Went off and got pregnant 4 cycles later 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

Alot of women do not take the pill as they shoul. and more play, but wont admit it, the double up game, I missed a day so let me double up. So I also am skeptical of oops on the pill stories.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I was on the pill for 9 years (just got my Mirena IUD last month!). I had sex consistently that entire time with 3 different men (not at the same time lol) and never used condoms, unless I was taking antibiotics. I wasn’t even that consistent with the timing. I never even had a true scare. One day late here and there, but that’s it. My cousin just got pregnant on the pill, but it seems the culprit, as PPs have said, is antibiotics.

 

If you are looking for something long term, with even less of a chance of messing up, consider an IUD. I feel like and idiot for taking the pill for so long when I could have gotten one sooner!

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