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fairly consistent with the pills, maybe twice I forgot

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I have been taking Femcon Fe for almost 3 years. I stopped having intercourse with my then-boyfriend in April and had a normal period. Then I was somewhat inconsistent in my timing of the pills because I was not in a relationship. I missed one pill in Aug. (dropped it and couldn't find it), but otherwise never missed one, just wasn't taking them at the same time. Over those months, my period became increasingly light, eventually I didn't even need a tampon, basically just spotting for a day or two, if that, and in Nov., I only saw a slightly brown tint in clearish discharge once. I started having intercourse again in Dec. with the guy pulling out each time and have not had any sort of period in Dec. or Jan, (taking pills consistently). In Nov., I was fairly consistent with the pills, though maybe twice I forgot to take the pill at night and took it the next morning. I've not had any other pregnancy symptoms. Should I take a test or wait to see my Doctor in early Feb.?

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replied January 19th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A30579
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If you have not been consistent in taking the birth control pills at scheduled time daily and have missed taking 2 or more than 2 active pills, you can be at risk for pregnancy. Pullout/withdrawal method of contraception is associated with highest failures (pre-cum/pre-ejaculatory fluid is known to contain sperms and no man can be 100% sure that pre-cum/pre-ejaculatory fluid did not leak out during vaginal penetration). Your recent symptoms (absent periods, brown discharge) could also be suggestive of pregnancy. Wait and watch for your periods and look out for development of any new symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. If you get abnormal periods, or if you develop any new symptoms, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
Take care.

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