Can You Get Pregnant on the Pill

What are the Symptoms of Getting Pregnant While Taking Birth Control?

The first thing that you need to know is that there are different types of birth control pills. They include: Depo Provera, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Lo/Ovral, Yasmin and others. There are other brands like Levonorgestrel only available from certain pharmacies or even online. Some women take combination birth control pills which includes two forms of hormones. These include: NuvaRing, Nexplanon and others. Some women use non-hormonal methods such as condoms, diaphragms or cervical caps. Each method has its own risks and benefits. If you are considering taking any type of birth control pills then it is important to understand what the possible side effects might be so that you don’t end up with pregnancy during your cycle.

Depo Provera (Dap)

You may not notice any changes in your menstrual cycles while using Depo Provera. However, some women experience spotting between periods. This is because the progesterone in Dap prevents ovulation. Other than that, no problems occur when you are taking this form of birth control pill.

You rarely have to think about pregnancy.

Ortho-Cyclen and related drugs

Ortho-Cyclen can decrease the amount of menstrual bleeding that you normally experience. This effect usually lasts for the entire time that you take this brand of birth control pill. You may spot a little or have very light periods while on this form of birth control. Your periods will probably return to normal a few months after you stop taking the medication.


You may experience changes in your periods when using the Nuva-Ring. Some women have reported lighter periods and less menstrual pain while on the ring. These changes in menstruation can last for as long as you are taking the medication. After you stop using the Nuva-ring, it may take a few months for your periods to return to normal.

Yasmin and Ocella

Some women experience spotting in between periods, random bleeding or have very light periods while on these forms of birth control. Other women have experienced heavy flow menstrual cycles while on these types of pills. It is uncommon for women to get pregnant while using these drugs.

Copper IUD

The copper IUD can occasionally impact your periods. Some women don’t experience any changes at all. However, some women have reported having longer and heavier periods while on this form of birth control. Others have experienced irregular periods, spotting in between periods and even amenorrhea (no period at all).

The majority of women notice a significant change after their IUD is removed and their periods return to normal.


About 8 out of 10 women who use the Mirena will experience heavier periods or extended bleeding. About half of the women who use the Mirena will have spotting in between periods. A small percentage of women will not have a monthly period while on this medication.

In addition to these side effects, some women have experienced other complications and adverse effects such as depression, mood swings, weight gain, acne, headaches and migraines. Some women have even experienced allergic reactions to these medications.

The most important thing to remember is that each person responds to medication differently. If you think that you are having an allergic reaction or some other type of negative side effect, check with your doctor immediately.

Do not stop taking the drug or change the dosage without first consulting your physician. It is also very important to always take the birth control pills exactly as your doctor tells you. This means taking one pill each day at the same time each day. If you take a medication for a week and then miss a dose, this can result in becoming pregnant.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medication, an alternative form of birth control may be a better choice for you.

Permanent Birth Control

If you are absolutely sure you do not want to have any (or any more) children and you do not want to be bothered with taking a daily pill, getting a monthly shot or having something implanted in your arm, there are two methods of permanent birth control (meaning you never have to worry about it again). Both of these methods are considered invasive and carry some risk, but are very effective. These are:

Tubal ligation in which the fallopian tubes are cut, tied or sealed closed. After the procedure you can no longer get pregnant.

Vasectomy in which the tubes that carry the man’s seed (called the vas deferens), are cut, tied or sealed closed. After the procedure you can no longer impregnate a woman.

Both of these procedures require a minor surgery and both have a very low risk of failure. They are not meant to be temporary, so once the decision is made, it is permanent.

Will my life be over if I remain childless? Ask yourself this question: Does the fact that I cannot have children add or detract from who I am as a person?

If you answer “add” then you should probably seek help from a professional because you may have a deeper problem with your self-esteem. Every person on this planet has their unique set of skills and abilities. Not everyone can be good at the same things or do the same things. It is common for people to have different priorities and life goals. Some people place a very high value on having children. If having a child is one of your life goals, then that’s OK too because it just means that you have some different priorities than others. (Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still seek professional help if you think you need it).

If you answer “subtract” then you have answered the question truthfully. But please understand that the fact that you remain childless does not make you a bad person or mean that your life will necessarily be any less meaningful than someone else’s. You can still be kind, generous, and loving. You can still contribute to society in a meaningful way.

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