What Will My Pregnancy Signs Be If I Am On Birth Control Pills?

Birth control pills are one of the most effective methods of preventing pregnancy. Assuming that you take all of your birth control pills in the exact manner as they are prescribed, there is only a 1 in 1000 chance that you would become pregnant. This works out to a 0.1% chance of pregnancy. However, if you miss one or more of your birth control pills during the month, or if you take one late, you are more likely to become pregnant; your chances of becoming pregnant if you don’t follow the directions exactly rise to around 5%, or 1 in 20. Because of this, some women do indeed become pregnant while they are on birth control pills.

The signs of becoming pregnant are generally the same, regardless of whether you became pregnant while on birth control pills or not. The first and most obvious sign of pregnancy is often the missed period; however, many women who are on birth control pills either don’t have regular periods, or have periods that are so light that they could be mistaken for implantation bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy. So, a missed period is not the best sign to rely on to know if you are pregnant while on birth control pills.

Other signs of pregnancy can be more telling. Breast tenderness, for example, is one of the very earliest signs of pregnancy. Increased hormones cause breasts to be sensitive and sore, and often to swell. If you are on birth control pills and your breasts suddenly become sensitive and sore, you may be pregnant.

Frequent urination can also indicate pregnancy. The old saying goes that the most dangerous place in the world is between a pregnant woman and a bathroom. While this is especially true later in pregnancy when your baby is pushing on your internal organs, many women experience a more frequent need to urinate throughout their pregnancy.

Nausea caused by pregnancy, sometimes called “morning sickness,” is a fairly common symptom of pregnancy. Around 70% of all new moms-to-be will experience morning sickness. Morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, not just during the morning. This nausea may be constant, as it is for some women; or, it may just occur occasionally. The degree to which you feel sick can also vary; you might just feel a little woozy, or you might experience full fledged vomiting.

The most effective way that you can determine whether you are pregnant is, of course, with a pregnancy test. For most women, it may be possible to determine whether you are pregnant as early as 7-10 days after conception using a home pregnancy test. However, the time required depends greatly on the type of pregnancy test being used, as well as your own individual physiology.

Many women who do not wish to become pregnant may use a combination of birth control methods. Because the birth control pill offers no protection whatsoever from STDs, many women choose to use some sort of barrier method, such as the male or female condom, the sponge, or the diaphragm along with their birth control pills. Put together, multiple methods of birth control make pregnancy much less likely.

  • arora

    If a woman is getting their menstrions while on birth control but suddenly getting neausea for over a week could this still be a sign of pregnancy?

  • lala

    She’s probably just got a stomach bug. Maybe go to the doctor and check it out.


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