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Unprotected sex and skipping pills

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I have been on the pill for about two years. I started a new pack two weeks ago, and have missed about half the pills, but never more than two at a time. I have also had unprotected sex with my boyfriend during this time-frame. I know that there is a risk that I could be pregnant, but I want to know if it is a big risk or something I should not worry about. I am also concerned because I am being treated for Bipolar Disorder and/or Depression (my doctors don't agree on what t is) with Abilify and Zoloft. I am concerned that this, if I am pregnant, could hurt the baby.

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replied February 9th, 2010
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Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the status of your pregnancy because of your missing of the birth control pills and the effect of your drugs on pregnancy. Since you had missed your birth control pills and had unprotected intercourse, so definitely the chances of pregnancy are high. Abilify is a pregnancy category C drug. It has found to have teratogenic effects on animals but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Similarly Zoloft is another pregnancy category C drug. My advice would be to consult a gynecologist and get your pregnancy status evaluated.

For confirming the status of pregnancy by urine for pregnancy test (UPT),the most accurate way to test for pregnancy is to wait until after your period is due. First appearance of pregnancy hormone, HCG, due to implantation occurs 6-12 days after ovulation. So if you don’t want to wait for your periods and test for pregnancy then you can test at 9 or 10 days past ovulation with a sensitive ( 20 - 25 mIU ) pregnancy test. Aimstrip pregnancy test gives good results and can detect 20 mIU of HCG.I sincerely suggest you to do a urine for pregnancy test and if the test comes negative, then please wait for your periods and repeat the test after 1 week of your missed periods date or get your serum HCG levels estimated.

Once the status of pregnancy is confirmed, you need to stop taking these medicines after tapering. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations, and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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