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I've been on Yaz for a while now and recently switched to Beyaz. I'm not always good about taking the pills every day like I should be, especially considering I'm sexually active when my boyfriend is in town. [We're not always safe, but he always pulls out. I do know, however, that that isn't the safest route to go.] Last month's period was perfectly normal, but this month I missed enough pills to cause my period to come early. The cramping was ten times worse than normal, I had mood swings from hell for two straight days before I started, and the bleeding has been really strange. I started yesterday evening, and it was super light. Today I've barely bled and as the day has gone on its gotten darker to a gross brown color. Even though I don't have any symptoms is there a possibility I could be pregnant? And if I am, what are the chances it will turn out okay after taking the birth control, drinking, and smoking cigarettes?

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replied December 17th, 2010
Birth Control Answer A17840
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If you miss 2 or more pills in any pill cycle/pack, you no longer remain protected against pregnancy. The pull out method/withdrawal method is also associated with high failure rates. The symptoms of cramping, lighter periods with dark bleeding, could suggest possibility of pregnancy. You need to confirm the pregnancy by going ahead with a visit to your gynecologist for examination and a blood beta HCG test (which can detect pregnancy accurately as early as 11 days post conception).
If pregnancy gets confirmed, stop taking the birth control pills immediately. The alcohol consumption and smoking occasionally might not cause any harm, but if continued during the pregnancy might lead to insufficient blood supply to baby causing growth disturbances.
Take care.

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