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am I pregnant or is this just from the birth control?

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So 3 weeks ago I began taking birth control (the pill form) after the first week, I began having sex with my boyfriend. Barely on the 7th day of taking the pill I started being sexually active with my boyfriend everyday since then. I know I've been nauseated, sore boobs, and gained a few pounds. Also have been bleeding lightly occasionally on and off every so often. To me this all sounds like side effects from the birth control, but I never used this before and have no idea what to expect and such. Could I be pregnant or is this just from the birth control? Please get back to me thankyou.

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replied September 27th, 2011
Am I Pregnant Answer A27184
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Most of the hormonal contraceptives/birth control pills start giving you effective protection after about 3-4 weeks of regular use, hence you are recommended to use additional protection if having intercourse during first 3-4 weeks (this is also recommended if you miss 2 or more than 2 active birth control pills). You should have considered using additional protection while having intercourse during the first pill pack use. The symptom (nausea, sore breasts, weight gain, occasional bleeding/spotting) could also be suggestive of pregnancy. Wait and watch for your periods/withdrawal bleeding. If pregnancy is suspected, look out for development of any new symptoms, and 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). Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet. Be in regular follow-up and monitoring of your treating gynecologist/obstetrician and report any unusual/abnormal/new symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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