Post # 1
Hope this is an ok place to ask —
I’ve been on the same bc pill for around 5 years, a few months ago even though I’ve taken it at (roughly) the same time each day that cycle without missing a single day I became pregnant — it wasnt a viable pregnancy and i am only now going back to “normal” with it all… we still want to wait a while, at the very least a few months to recover from this – I was wondering:
Could I do an ovulation test each day while taking the pill just to make sure im NOT ovulating? Kind of like rythym method…
clearly paranoid after the traumatic bc failure – even if its a little too much, I would still do it — anyone have any thoughts?
Post # 3
You may want to consider changing your pill brand. You might require higher levels of hormone. Most Docs will usually recommend starting you at a low dose of hormone levels, but sometimes this isn’t sufficient. Though you say you’ve used the same one for five years. You could also try other hormonal methods that might be a bit more foolproof.
I’m not specifically charting, just (almost!) a nurse.
Post # 4
@redbee: I am so sorry about your miscarriage.
I’m not sure what physiologically happens to cause a woman to ovulate on the pill, so I’m not sure if a true “LH surge” will happen, which ovulation tests are supposed to detect – so that may be ineffective. Plus, if you have sex the day before a positive ovulation test, you could still potentially fall pregnant as sperm can live inside you for up to 5 days, and ovulation usually occurs 12-36 hours after a positive ovulation test.
Consider what the PP said, such as switching to a higher dose BC or maybe switching birth control method entirely. You may benefit from an IUD or the Depo shot, depending on how long you want to wait before you do want to start trying for a child.
Good luck. Again I’m so sorry about what happened to you…that must have been very hard on you and your husband!
Post # 5
Were you taking any antibiotics or any other medicines that could have affected the effectiveness of the pills you were taking? I read that if a bcp has not failed you in prior years, most likely it will never fail you. Not sure what went wrong with your pills. A pill works by deceiving your body into thinking it’s pregnant and therefore you do not ovulate. So I’m not sure if using OPKs will detect ovulations. So sorry you’re going through this. 🙁
Post # 6
@redbee: When you say “roughly” the same time each day, what do you mean by that?