What if You Get Pregnant While on Birth Control

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Many women who are trying to avoid pregnancy will take the birth control pill. While they are 99% successful, there are times when women become pregnant while taking them. Typically, this is the result of a woman missing pills or not taking them correctly. With a woman who is taking her birth control pills as directed, becoming pregnant is nearly impossible.

there are times when women become pregnant while taking

If you have been taking birth controls and find that you are now pregnant, there are likely to be many questions that are circling through your mind. The first thing that you should do is to stop taking the pills and talk to your doctor immediately.

1. Miscarriage Concerns

There are many concerns that a pregnant woman faces if she continues to take birth control pills while she is pregnant. However, the studies that have been conducted have yet to develop a correlation between birth control and miscarriages.

correlation between birth control and miscarriages

2. Birth Defects

Another issue that women worry about when they learn that they have become pregnant while taking birth control pills is the risk of birth defects in their babies once they are born. However, extensive studies have also shown that there is no proof that there is an increased chance of birth defects if you have been taking your birth control while being pregnant.

risk of birth defects in their babies once they are born

3. Does birth control mask pregnancy symptoms?

Although birth control does not mask the symptoms of a pregnancy, it may be easy to dismiss the symptoms as related to a part of your normal menstrual cycle symptoms. Depending on the birth control that you take, you may find that you only have a period a few times per year. Some pills even stop the menstrual cycle altogether.

birth control does not mask the symptoms of a pregnancy

This may make it difficult to realize that you are pregnant simply because you are missing a period. However, if you notice that your premenstrual symptoms are different from what you normally experience, you should consider taking a pregnancy test.

4. Pregnancy Side Effects

Women who take birth control while they are pregnant sometimes find that they are more likely to experience severe pregnancy symptoms when they are pregnant. They find that they experience stronger symptoms of nausea and vomiting as well as bloating and fatigue. These symptoms are often dismissed because they are so similar to menstrual symptoms.

Pregnancy Side Effects

5. Ending a Pregnancy

If you do become pregnant, you will not be able to end the pregnancy by taking birth control. Birth control is only intended to work for a few days after you have unprotected sex and it is not intended to end a pregnancy by taking it. If you have had unprotected sex and plan to take a large dose of birth control to prevent pregnancy, you should talk to your doctor in order to determine the exact dosage that you should take in order to prevent pregnancy.

Doctor with laptop and pregnant woman in doctor's office

6. Conclusion

It is best that you take a home pregnancy test if you think that you are pregnant, even if you are taking birth control pills. You should also discontinue using birth control and switch to another form of contraceptive as well. If you do learn that you are pregnant, it is important that you talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

take a home pregnancy test if you think that you are pregnant

You will need to begin the process of caring for yourself as your pregnancy progresses, which includes taking prenatal vitamins, eating healthy and receiving regular prenatal doctor’s visits. Be sure to schedule one as soon as you find that you are pregnant. You may also want to confirm the results that you receive at home through your doctor’s office. It is also a good idea to have an exam at this time as well, so that you will know how far along you are in your pregnancy and when you can expect to deliver your baby.

prenatal doctor’s visits

Although birth control is extremely effective for preventing pregnancies, it is possible to become pregnant while you are taking birth control pills. It is important that you take them as instructed if you want to avoid becoming pregnant. If you do find that you have missed a pill and wish to engage in sexual intercourse, it is a good idea to rely on a second form of contraceptives, such as condoms, as well.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.