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post #1 of 17 Old 04-17-2019, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Pregnant or paranoid? Birth control confusion

Hey guys, I wanted to get opinions on if I should be concerned or not as I am a naturally paranoid person. Please don't judge me for my concerns and lack of knowledge, I am here for advice and not criticism.
I recently went on birth control pills 1.5 months ago, so I am very new and don't have a great understanding of the effect it will have on my body.

The doctor put me on the pill and then when I went to urgent care for UTI the practitioner made a comment that concerned me, she said "I see your on a low low dose of birth control." So this spiked worry in me, does that mean it isn't very effective??

I had been on the pill for over a week and didn't use protection, and my fiancÚ said he wasn't sure if he pulled out in time. I wasn't worried at the time because I'm on the pill. But I have recently read that antibiotics can cause BC to not be as effective (I was never told this by the urgent care dr.) and I was on antibiotics when we did it.

Now the symptoms I'm experiencing could either be pregnancy or BC side effects, so I'm very confused and uneasy.
My symtoms:
I had spotting 2 weeks ago for 2 days (was just pinky discharge)
I have been an emotional reck (but this has also been and off and on thing since I first started the pill, on top of my depression)
I'm on my 3rd day of what should be my period and I've only had a little spotting (mostly brownish discharge)
I've been really tired (but this could also be because I haven't had a good nights sleep in almost a year and am almost always tired.)

It's been just over 4 weeks since we did it, I haven't had morning sickness, no food aversion, no more food cravings than my normal.

I know that I sound like a paranoid reck (partially because I am), I am just seeking advice from those with more knowledge.
Should I be worried?
Would an at home test be accurate at this point in time?
If I don't receive my period should I continue BC (I have heard the BC can cause serious birth defects)??

Please be kind in your responses, I am very new to hormonal birth control so I don't have a great understanding, and never not used a condom before this.
Please help educate me ^.^ TIA
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-17-2019, 11:46 AM
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Take an EPT now and one week after you get done with this spotting period. That's how my ex and I used to see if we had got pregnant or not. We were trying to have children so it was a little different thought wise but biologically testing wise it is the same. Also sometimes when women are on BC they only getting spotting during their period anyway instead of a full one. I have five children so I have been through this a few times to say the least :)

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post #3 of 17 Old 04-17-2019, 11:54 AM
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The spotting could be from the birth control. When I first started my new one, I spotted a bit, had a pregnancy scare but I wasn't pregnant.

I think you are fine, if you are truly worried, take a test, but some birth controls cause spotting within the first month or so.

Give the pill a few more months, if these symptoms continue, you may need to switch to another brand. With BC, it's really trial & error. What works for some may not work for someone else.

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Spotting while on BC, especially the first few months, is not unusual. Neither are the other symptoms you are describing. To be on the safe side, wait another week or two and take a pregnancy test.

'low dose' pills are common, and that may have been what your doctor was referring to. Please call your physician who prescribed the pills and express your concerns. He/she should be able to call you back and give you the information you are asking for concerning if your particular antibiotic may have interfered with your pill's effectiveness, as well as documenting your side effects. If they continue, you may need to change dosages/brand of pill. Some work better for some people than others. There is a lot of trial and error, especially if your insurance only cover generic. Even though they are supposed to be the same formulation, your body can respond differently to one or the other. I'm on the pill for other health reasons than strictly pregnancy prevention, but every time they change the pill because insurance considers one generic the same as another, I get all sorts of side effects. I can no longer request 'brand name only' and have it covered, even though my side effects were minimal on those.

Take a deep breath. You likely are NOT pregnant. Still, take a test to ease your mind, and visit with your doctor.
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You should be calling your physician for factual information pertaining to you and to ask these questions...

As for just starting using "the pill"...
Till you have been "on the pill" for a entire package worth you are not fully protected and yes indeed you can get pregnant.
This should of been explained to you clearly when you took the advice of your doctor about starting this regimen of protection.
You should be using another form of B/C or run the risk of becoming pregnant at this time.
Nothing is foolproof but abstinence too...
Women do get pregnant while on the pill...it happens.
Certain medications also reduce the ability of the pill to work most effectively.
In the packaging is a leaflet with every pack of pills, included by law from the manufacturer...read it.
It is important you know what you are taking, the side effects, what is common and what is not and when you should be seeking emergent medical care for certain reactions.
When you picked up your prescription you should of been asked by the pharmacy staff if you understood or had any questions...
Go speak to the pharmacist...they are a wealth of information they can share.
You should be seeking out your information from your doctor though not from unknown strangers...sorry.
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-17-2019, 01:28 PM
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Having no experience with oral birth control, but having been on an antibiotic regimen in the past, I can say that the only side effects I experienced were gastro-intestinal, as the antibiotic do not care which organism they kill, so they tend to do a number on the GI flora. I can think of to physiological mechanism that would link antibiotics to your symptoms, but then my doctorate is in math... :)
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Worrying about unwanted pregnancy alone can cause the symptoms that are associated with early pregnancy. I realize it's hard to do, but try to block the worries of 'what if' and just wait a few days, then test. I'm not sure how early the new tests are these days.

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Just take a big breath and calm down. You are probably fine.

Go ahead and take a pregnancy test if you are that worried. It should reduce some of your anxiety if nothing else.

Also it is a good idea to keep some of those pregnancy tests on hand. If your period is late, if you miss periods, or if you miss a dose of birth control, it is nice to have reassurance and not need to rush off to the store in a panic. More sensitive tests may be able to confirm that you're pregnant from as early as around 8 days after conception. Most otc tests only show positive after 2 weeks pregnant. Read the fine print on the tests.

If you are on antibiotics, use a backup method.

Now i want you to imagine if the test comes back positive. How would your fiance react to the news that you are pregnant? When I was dating my ex-boyfriend, that was the question I used to determine whether to stay in the relationship. Even if a pregnancy comes too early in the relationship, would your fiance be willing to support you? Or would he run for the hills? Would his reaction be good or bad?

If neither of you are planning on having kids, that is fine too. You can still have a happy, stable relationship without kids. But i would insist on using double protection from here on out. Less worry and stress for you. You do not want to be putting yourself through this much stress if you can avoid it.

Anytime you go on any new medication, ask if it will interfere with BC.

What you are describing sounds normal for BC. Most women use BC to skip periods completely. Spotting is normal as well.

I don't think you have anything to worry about, but do get tested.
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You should be calling your physician for factual information pertaining to you and to ask these questions...

As for just starting using "the pill"...
Till you have been "on the pill" for a entire package worth you are not fully protected and yes indeed you can get pregnant.
This should of been explained to you clearly when you took the advice of your doctor about starting this regimen of protection.
You should be using another form of B/C or run the risk of becoming pregnant at this time.
Nothing is foolproof but abstinence too...
Women do get pregnant while on the pill...it happens.
Certain medications also reduce the ability of the pill to work most effectively.
In the packaging is a leaflet with every pack of pills, included by law from the manufacturer...read it.
It is important you know what you are taking, the side effects, what is common and what is not and when you should be seeking emergent medical care for certain reactions.
When you picked up your prescription you should of been asked by the pharmacy staff if you understood or had any questions...
Go speak to the pharmacist...they are a wealth of information they can share.
You should be seeking out your information from your doctor though not from unknown strangers...sorry.
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FWIW, the insert on most pills and physicians will usually tell you it takes 7 days to be protected. I just went and read mine. "When first starting on ____, it may take up to seven days for the pills to work effectively. You should use a backup method for the first week on this medication."


But yes, I do agree that the OP needs to be discussing her concerns with her physician as well.
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FWIW, the insert on most pills and physicians will usually tell you it takes 7 days to be protected. I just went and read mine. "When first starting on ____, it may take up to seven days for the pills to work effectively. You should use a backup method for the first week on this medication."


But yes, I do agree that the OP needs to be discussing her concerns with her physician as well.

Been a long time since I and birth control pills met...
At that time, my physician said the same thing as that print-out...
She also said, your body is in transition taking the pills...
Let you not oops and have one of the statistic pregnancies...hence, 1 month pack finished before you are "safe".
In the meantime, use alternative measure to safeguard you...
And there is no reason why he should not step up and do more than he does by your description...sorry that is just not good-enough.
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