You Won’t Get Pregnant If You Use the Pill, right?






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1. Pregnancy Fears and The Pill

Many women choose hormonal birth control pills to prevent unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. The pill, when taken properly, is up to 98% effective against preventing pregnancy. It can be a great option for birth control for women who want to prevent pregnancy at the current time, but who might want to get pregnant later down the line.

you-can-get-pregnant-even-when-taking-the-pill-because-the-pills-hormones-are-quickly-flushed-from-the-body-within-days-after-stopping-themThis is because the pill’s hormones are quickly flushed from the body within days after stopping them, and fertility can bounce back and return to normal very quickly.

2. Getting Pregnant While On The Pill

At first thought, you might think that just because you are on the pill, that means that you can not get pregnant. However, that is not true. The pill is only effective when it is taken correctly and exactly according to manufacturer’s directions. That means taking one pill per day, every day, at the same time each day.

you-might-think-that-just-because-you-are-on-the-pill-means-that-you-can-not-get-pregnantNobody is perfect however, and taking the pill exactly according to directions hardly ever happens. Forgetting a pill happens often, and sometimes women forget more than one pill. When you forget a pill, the hormones can be flushed out of the body very quickly, which can allow you to become pregnant. That is why in some cases, women get pregnant when they simply forgot to take their pill, or took their pill at a different time of day than usual.

3. What To Remember

If you are taking the pill, it is very important to remember that the pill is only effective as long as you take it regularly and consistently. If you do not want to wind up accidentally pregnant, make sure that you do not miss a pill. Some women find it helpful to leave their pills on the bathroom counter where they will be sure to see them, or to set an alarm on their phone to remind them to take their pill at the same time each day.

Mirena-IUD-is-an-effective-options-for-birth-control-that-do-not-require-a-pill-everydayIf you do happen to find yourself missing pills on a regular basis, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor to see if you can find some other birth control options that might work better for you. There are several very effective options for birth control that do not require a pill every day, such as the Mirena IUD or the birth control shot, Depo-Provera. These can be great options for women who have a hard time remembering to take a pill every day.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.