(Closed) I forgot to take my birth control pills for three days!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

K. So number one:

1. Plan B is not an abortion pill. All plan B will do is (hopefully) prevent you from ovulating unless you have already done so. It’s basically a high-dose birth control pill. It may throw you off with your cycles for awhile, but it will not kill a pregnancy that is already present, etc.

2. Birth control pill should have no effect on a pregnancy. Don’t worry about that.

Follow the instructions your doctor gave you. That’s the best thing you can do right now. Try a pregnancy test if you miss a period or are still concerned about pregnancy.

For the future, have you thought about setting a cell phone alarm for the time of day that you’re supposed to take your pill? That works for me. My Fiance and I have the same alarm on both of our phones, so we have double accountability for taking the pill.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t mean to make light of your worries, freaking out is totally understandable, but you’re probably fine.  If it’s any consolation it took me almost six months to ovulate when I went off the pill.  Three days without a pill shouldn’t be a problem — think about it — you usually don’t ovulate until 14+ days after your hormone levels drop.  3 days isn’t very long (you go 7 days on your placebo week), and stress delays ovulation as well. And you are taking Plan B on top of it  — which I have done as well.  It made me really sick, but no baby!

Anyway — lots of reasons to be positive.  As Samantha says in Sex and the City: you’re in front of the firing squd, but you haven’t been shot yet. 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I’d take plan B- it works within 3 days of being intimate. Just take it soon if you do! I think you’ll be fine, but we all worry.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Just a note: Plan B doesn’t only work by stopping you from ovulating (if you haven’t already ovulated). It can also prevent pregnancy by preventing fertilization of the egg or by preventing implantation of an already fertilized egg. This is why it can be effective up to 5 days after intercourse – although it works best when taken less than 72 hours (and as soon as possible).

That said, it definitely won’t affect your chances of pregnancy in the future (it’s basically a strong bill control pill) and birth control won’t harm a fetus if the mother is taking it when she doesn’t know she’s pregnant yet. You’re within the 72 hours (Sunday morning is the more worrying one) – you should be fine!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@medbride:  “Just a note: Plan B doesn’t only work by stopping you from ovulating (if you haven’t already ovulated). It can also prevent pregnancy by preventing fertilization of the egg or by preventing implantation of an already fertilized egg. This is why it can be effective up to 5 days after intercourse – although it works best when taken less than 72 hours (and as soon as possible).”

This was based on speculation and is now generally believed by scientific concensus to not be true. Certain politicians perpetuate this in order to label Plan B an abortion pill, but it’s not.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Sorry – you’re right, there’s no evidence that it prevents implantation. Obviously I wasn’t up to date on the more recent info! It doesn’t seem that there’s any evidence clearly either way on the point of preventing fertilization though. I wasn’t basing it on political position (I’m very pro-choice! – that was what I had been taught and verified quickly on the manufacturer’s site. Thanks for the more up-to-date info!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

So if you take Plan B after you ovulate, with the egg living for 12 to 24 hours or so, it won’t prevent pregnancy?! Well, that’s good to know.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@lifesaver08:  The only way to know if you ovulated is if you were using ovulation predictor kits or charting your temperature. Don’t worry! No one is saying you are definitely pregnant! Only time will tell. Sone women ovulate RIGHT when they get off the pill, but by aome women, I mean like 1 in 500,000 haha. There is no way for us to tell if you ovulated, or if you are going to, the best thing right now is take your plan B and follOw her instructions 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Sorry that comment had so many spelling errors. My phone does the weirdest autocorrects on WB! I would say take a home pregnancy test in 2 weeks, then again a week after that. Your chances are slim, but possible. I hate saying this: only time will tell!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Did you miss the pills at the beginning of the pack, or in the middle?  I think the ones in the beginning of the pack are more of a problem to miss.  But you could always take plan B to be sure.  

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