Hello, I have been on the pill for more than a year. However, little over a month ago I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. I thought i was covered but then realized i had missed my pill the day previously. I then went to my doctor who prescribed the morning after pill. 2 days later I started antibiotics. After all this i continued taking my usual pill for 2 consecutive months with no week for my period between. I have just started my period now, however it is lighter than usual. Could I be pregnant?
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If you have taken the emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) within 48 hours of the unprotected sexual contact, it should work in preventing pregnancy. Since it contains high doses of hormones, it can disrupt your normal hormonal pattern, and cause bleeding and period abnormalities. Antibiotics are known to affect the efficacy of hormonal birth control pills. If you had been sexually active (without additional protection) while being on the antibiotics, then chances of pregnancy cannot be ruled out completely. The lighter bleeding could be due to hormonal upset or even pregnancy. If you suspect to be pregnant (or if you are having any new symptoms suggestive of pregnancy), you should consider visiting your gynecologist/obstetrician for examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Do not start with the next pack of birth control pills if pregnancy is suspected (or unless pregnancy gets ruled out).
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