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Lo Loestrin- am I also protected when I take the iron pills?

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So I've got a silly question. I've been on Lo Loestrin for 4 months. I take my pills everyday at the same time (I use my cellphone for an alarm) Today I took my first of two iron pills. We had intercourse but we used correctly used a condom (like always). I also took Plan B because I was paranoid about the iron pill not having any hormones. I am also on the 5th day of my period. Could I become pregnant, considering all of the factors?

I know its possible to get pregnant anytime there is intercourse, but am I also protected when I take the iron pills? I've read that there is enough hormones built up when all of the previous pills have been taken correctly to be protected during the iron pill days.


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First Helper kristigraham
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replied December 18th, 2011
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No. The Plan B will however mess your next cycle or two up, causing out of sequence spotting and bleeding, and likely no bleeding when you expect to.

The pill protects you every minute of every day of every cycle, active or inactive. AS LONG AS YOU TAKE IT AS DIRECTED.

I think your confusion comes from this: "I know its possible to get pregnant anytime there is intercourse". This is not true. You can only get pregnant when you ovulate. The pill however stops you from ovulating altogether.

Unless you are in a long term relationship, it is wise to use the pill and a condom. Using the pill, a condom and Plan B is just an overreaction to a risk that does not exist.

Take care.
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replied January 17th, 2012
Im on Lo Loestrin and think i may be pregnant?
I have a question i am on Lo Loestrin and this is my 3rd month on it ( i take the pill the same time every day) and i think i may be pregnant.. Last month i had my period a week before i was suppose to so i was wonder if it is possible that i could of gotten pregnant the week i was suppose to be on my period. My boobs are hurting, i have hug knots in them and a weird tingly feeling. I have taking a pregnancy test but it came back neg but, i think its to early to tell.. I have 2 kids and each time i got pregnant with them my boobs hurt and feel the same way they do now..
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replied January 17th, 2012
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It is not impossible. There is a very very small unexplained failure rate for any birth control pill. It does not have any thing to do with what week you are on in your pill pack.

The fact that you are taking the pill as prescribed, and got a negative pregnancy test makes it very unlikely though.

Sore boobs and out of sequence bleeding are known side effect of birth control hormones. See your doctor to make sure everything is ok.

Take care
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replied September 3rd, 2012
I have been taking loestrin for 2 years now. I take it everyday usually at the same time except the last few days I took it an hour later or a few hours earlier. I had unprotected sex today and took the birth control right after I was just wondering if that is a possibly to become pregnant?
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replied September 3rd, 2012
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No, an hour or two difference is not signifficantly.
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replied July 21st, 2013
I have a question. I take Lo Loestrin every day around the same time. But I also take a bunch of other medications, such as Wellbutrin, Topimarate and Phentermine. I recently had sex with with my boyfriend and we didn't use any other method of contraception... I know, stupid. Is there a chance the other medications might have decreased the effectiveness of the pill enough to where I could be pregnant? That day I took the last blue pill of the pack, if that influences the situation.
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replied July 23rd, 2013
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You should be fine. Some antibiotics and certain herbal meds like St John's Wort affects your birth control
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replied August 10th, 2013
I started taking lolo 2 months ago and started my period a week before the end of the 4 release pills. Instead of finishing that pack I started a new one to go alongside with my period. I have now finished that pack took the 4 release pills and have not started my period. It's been a week now since I took the the first white pill. I take my pills about the same time everyday but I am sexually active. Im sure it's a longshot that I am pregnant because my partner and I also used the withdrawal method. I'd like to get a pregnancy test but I feel like its too soon to tell. Thanks in advance for your response.
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