Contraceptive Pill

Contraceptive pills are hormonal tablets used to prevent pregnancy. They are 99.9% effective and are taken orally. Contraceptive pills are commercially available in two forms, combination pills that contain synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone hormones, and mini-pills which only contain progesterone.

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Is there a chance of getting pregnant even though I took a contraceptive pill the same day?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my periods on the 14th of last month. After that, on 23, I had intercourse wherein I had used a contraceptive pill since we thought the condom broke. After 14 days, that is, on the 31st, I got my periods again. I did a urine test at home, but it showed negative. I consulted a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Usha Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. On the 23rd, when you were sexually active, did you take the contraceptive pill within 24 hours? It is highly unlikely that you could have gotten pregnant if you had. The bleeding you got on the 31st could be a withdrawal bleed of the con...  Read Full »

Can I take the contraceptive pill in advance while being on periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on a contraceptive pill called Yasmin since the last two months. In the last pack, I missed the pill twice, but each time, I took two pills the next day. I take the pills roughly around the same time, approximately around one to two hours each day. I am currently on my 7-da...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. In my opinion, you do not need to take any extra precaution in the next five days since the time around Thursday is not a fertile one and there is no risk of pregnancy. The fertile time is 14 days before next periods and ...  Read Full »

I took a contraceptive pill after four days of unprotected sex exposure. Should I be concerned about pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I had unprotected sex last month and forgot to take the contraceptive pill immediately. So, I took it after four days. Should I be concerned about pregnancy? Should I take any tests? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to is a high chance of pregnancy because the contraceptive pill was taken after four days of exposure to unsafe coitus. Usually, it should be taken within 72 hours of exposure. But you should wait and observe. When was your last period? In case of missed periods, you sho...  Read Full »

I had a contraceptive pill a day after the intercourse, and still, my periods got delayed periods by two days. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, I had delayed periods by two days. My last period was at the beginning of the previous month, and according to my period calculator, it should be at the end of the same month. But still, I did not get my periods. I had a contraceptive pill the next day morning of intercourse. Kindly help...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the details presented by you. Better assessment can be done if you tell me when the intercourse was, which medicine you took, and at what dose. The emergency contraceptive pills are hormone-based, and they interfere with the menstrual pattern of a...  Read Full »

I had sex today, and I am tense about getting my fiancee pregnant. What do I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sex today with my fiancee. Although we did not use protection, I did not cum into her. I am tense. What can we do to prevent pregnancy? Her periods are due next week. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. You had unprotected sex but did not ejaculate inside. Although there are fewer chances of getting pregnant, I would suggest: Use an emergency contraceptive pill, like I-pill or Unwanted 72. They are effective when ...  Read Full »

Why am I bleeding continuously for three weeks after missing a dose of a birth control pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I was prescribed a birth control pill to stop an ovarian cyst about two months ago. I have been taking the pill regularly, but I missed a day. I have been sexually active. I have now been bleeding for three weeks without a stop. My doctor told me to stop taking the pill until the bleed...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? Please do not get stressed out. You are fine. All this while, you have been trying to control the symptoms of the cyst, when the real cause of this cyst, which is anovulation is still present. Let me explain. You are not pregnant. I say this becau...  Read Full »

How to take contraceptive pills while switching between two countries with a time difference?

Query: Hello doctor, I always take my contraceptive pill at 9:00 PM. Two weeks before, I traveled to another country where the timezone is -6 hours. So I started taking my pill at 3:00 PM. I am returning to my country, and my flight is at 7 PM here. Now the problem is I do not know how to switch back to my...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the details shared by you. Do not worry as you are quite regular in taking pills. Regarding the timezone difference, you may take the pill at 3 PM now as per your schedule. Once you land in your country, you can again start with the 9 PM schedule as...  Read Full »

I had intercourse with my spouse and took an I-pill the next day, after which I had bleeding. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I had intercourse with my spouse a few days ago. The next day, I took an i-pill and started bleeding the day after taking it. But the bleeding was not heavy. It is not even visible on my panty line. We are not planning on having a child, so I am concerned. My menstruation is due this month...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The emergency contraceptive pills are hormone-based and work in three stages to prevent unplanned pregnancy. First, they delay the release of an egg from the ovary. Second, if the egg was already released before taking the dose, they preve...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex with my husband four days after my period. What medications should I take to prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female, and I had unprotected sex with my husband just four days after my period. How can I prevent my pregnancy with medications?  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The sperms must be released inside the vagina of the female to get pregnant. These sperms then need to fertilize an egg which may or may not be available depending on the ovulation pattern of the female. Further, the fertilized egg must be implanted in the female's ute...  Read Full »

I had precum sex on the 12th day of my cycle and took an emergency contraceptive 4 to 5 hours later. Will I get pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I had precum sex for 10 seconds on the 12th day of my cycle. Then I had an I-pill within 4 to 5 hours. Are there any chances of me getting pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Menstrual irregularities, in your case, could be due to hormonal imbalance caused by an I-pill. As you took the pill on time, there is almost no chance of pregnancy in your case. So wait and watch for your mense...  Read Full »

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