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Missed 4 pills in a row, am I pregnant?!

By Anonymous November 20, 2014 - 11:08am
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Hello, I am on the nestrogen 3 hour window pill, not the 12 hour window pill. I've been super busy lately therefore forgettin my pills. In totally I've missed about 6 but the first two I was taking some inbetween. But last week I missed 4 pills in a row , and me and my partner had sex and he ejaculated in me. And today when I whipped I noticed brown/pinkish discharge. Am I at high risk of pregnancy? If so when should I take a test?

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Hi Anonymous and thanks for your question.

 Any time you miss a pill you are at an increased risk for pregnancy. Missing birth control pills can cause spotting or bleeding between periods and that's the most likely cause of your discharge.

The highest risk of pregnancy is during the second and third weeks of the menstrual cycle. While a normal cycle is considered anywhere between 21 and 35 days, the average is about 28 days.  Ovulation (the time when a woman is fertile) occurs mid month, this averages to around day 14 every month, give or take several days before and after. If a woman has unprotected sex around this time, she may get pregnant.  

To avoid pregnancy, avoid having unprotected sex between days 10 and 18 of your cycle. But remember each woman is different and pregnancy can happen anytime of the month even right after your period, since sperm can stay alive for up to five days -  so if you ovulate on day 10, you can get pregnant from having sex on day 5. There is especially true for those women with irregular cycles.  

The best way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. Nobody can tell you over the Internet if you are pregnant or not. The above information should give you a pretty solid guide as to your risk. Again, your own situation will vary and we cannot give you a definitive answer.  A pregnancy test can be taken 14-21 days after unprotected sex and when taken correctly should be accurate.

Hope that helps you,


November 20, 2014 - 5:25pm
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