Medical Questions > Womens Health > Birth Control Forum

a pill fell down the drain, spotting

I'm very confused on whether I'm having early pregnancy signs or hormonal imbalances?
In about mid July I had sex with my boyfriend, I'm on the pill and we used a condom but the condom broke. He didn't ejaculate but the pre cum got inside of me. I take my pills religiously. The following week I went to take my pill and it fell down the drain so I wasn't able to take it. I haven't had sex since the time before the pill falling down the drain incident which happened after I had sex. I've recently been having spotting with blood for the past few days and I'm getting scared because I'm only 16. Could this just be hormonal imbalances? My period is due tomorrow but all that has been happening is the spotting (brownish color) with blood during the day and basically nothing at night.
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied August 19th, 2014
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

Since you were taking the birth control pills regularly before intercourse and had missed the pill only after intercourse, chances of pregnancy are less likely. This spotting can be due to hormonal imbalance.

You should wait for your periods and you should get it on time. If you are apprehensive regarding the status of your pregnancy you can get it checked. Most home pregnancy tests that check urine beta-HCG are sensitive to 20-25 mIU/ml of HCG. The test can be positive anywhere from about 2-3 days prior to a missed menses to 4-5 days after, but usually it should be done 7-10 days past your missed period.

Otherwise you can get a serum HCG also done which is more specific than urine pregnancy test.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and regards.
Did you find this post helpful?
Must Read
Birth control is helpful in preventing pregnancy. Need to know more about birth control? Start here to learn more about popular methods of birth control....
You have many birth control options. Each works differently. What are the choices and what should you consider in order to help you make your decision? ...
Each method of birth control comes with risks to your health. What are the general problems you could encounter?...
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Birth Control , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.