Birth control methods in the form of oral contraception is often referred to as birth control pills or the pill. These pills contain a combination of female hormones progestin and estrogen that helps to prevent ovulation,
Although the birth control pill is considered to be one of the most effective contraceptive methods, there is still occasional circumstances where you may still be able to become pregnant while taking it.
Here are the facts about getting pregnant on the pill, and also tips that you should use to avoid it failing you when you do not want an unplanned pregnancy to happen to you.
How Does One Accidentally Get Pregnant on the Pill?
There is only one absolute positive way that a woman CANNOT get pregnant and that is if she has had a hysterectomy or if she does not have sex at all (abstinence.) Taking the pill allows the woman a 99% effective control from getting pregnant, with a 1% chance that she could still conceive while taking the pill. There are some other factors that influence the failure rate of the pill to guard against unwanted pregnancy.
Here are some of the main causes that 1% of women get pregnant on the pill:
Skipped Pills, Missed Doses
One of the main causes that women still get pregnant while using the pill as effective birth control is that they have missed a dose or several doses. Although it is recommended once you realize that you have missed a dose to take it and double up- it still is not flaw-proof. Missing a pill or a few in a consecutive amount of time can cause you to ovulate and release the egg necessary for you to get pregnant. One missed pill can reset your hormones this way- so it is important that when/if you miss a does that you use a back-up method of protection for 7 consecutive days following.
Irregular Dose Times
For low dose birth control pills even the slightest discrepancy in the hours between doses can throw off your hormones and result in ovulation. You must make it a good habit to take your birth control pill at the same time, every day.
Too Much Consumption of Alcohol
Alcohol and other substances that the liver metabolizes may inhibit the pill from being absorbed timely and adequately in your body. Try to limit your alcohol or take the pill in the morning before you proceed to a night of drinking and ask your physician if the pill you are prescribed can be interfered with by excessive drinking or drug use.
Medications that Make the Pill Less Effective
One of the major causes and reasons that women get pregnant on the pill is that they are unaware that medications and taking antibiotics for an infection or other medical conditions can lower the effectiveness of the pill. IT could alter the way the pill is metabolized or even cancel out the pill entirely as it won’e be able to be absorbed and used to counteract ovulation in the female body.
When taking any prescribed medication be sure to notify your doctor or ask them if it will interfere with the brand of pill you are taking. Additionally, it is just safe to say that when taking antibiotics or other medications just use a back-up method such as a condom to guard against pregnancy.
Important Facts You Meed to Know About Getting Pregnant on the Pill
If you are concerned about getting pregnant on the pill or think you may be pregnant on the pill, consider these few facts:
There are many signs of pregnancy that you should be aware of just in case you think your pill may have failed including:
- Frequent Urination
- Missed Period or Delayed
- Breast Soreness and Tenderness
Bottom Line: Getting Pregnant on the Pill
If you have experienced any of the signs above, or think that you may be pregnant- it is important that after 7-10 days after a delayed period that you do consult with your doctor. You can first perform a home pregnancy test to see if it is negative or positive. But sometimes in early stages of pregnancy the test can be a false-negative or false positive. Your doctor will perform a 100% accurate blood test to verify or deny pregnancy.