Monday, July 29, 2013

What if I got pregnant while using birth control?

What if I got pregnant while using birth control? Would I even know?

Yes, it happens. Sometimes, birth control methods fail.

Would it be dangerous to me? To my baby?

Some reassuring news-

"Taking birth control pills during early pregnancy isn't thought to increase the risk of birth defects."
- Roger W. Harms, M.D., Mayo Clinic

Other precautions

"It might be difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms of pregnancy if you become pregnant while taking the minipill (progestin-only birth control pill) because nausea, breast tenderness and irregular menstrual bleeding — common signs and symptoms of pregnancy — are also possible side effects of the minipill. In addition, if you do conceive while taking the minipill there's a slightly higher chance that the pregnancy will be ectopic — when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.

(Ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency- get medical help asap if you suspect this.)

"As a precaution, stop taking birth control pills if you suspect you're pregnant. Until the pregnancy is confirmed or ruled out, use another method of birth control — such as condoms. If you're concerned because you took birth control pills before you knew you were pregnant, be assured that there's little risk. It's always important to discuss any medication use during pregnancy with your health care provider, however."

-Robert W Harms, MD, Mayo Clinic

Here are some others signs that you may have become pregnant while using birth control

(It can be hard to tell, so as soon as you suspect it, consult a physician.)

Remember to get seen by a medical doctor as soon as possible. 

Come by 1st Way to get a free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound.

Visit us here- 
1667 High Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Call 541.687.8651

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