Most women usually have a lot of questions regarding the chances of getting pregnant in different scenarios. If you are trying to avoid pregnancy, you need to be more careful with your approach. Awareness is the key factor. The more informed you are about the things that make you pregnant and the things that don’t, the more effectively you can decide about your next step. Following are four very common scenarios that most women go through and wonder about the likelihood of them getting pregnant.
I Have Taken All Birth Control Pills in Time, But Missed Just One Dose
Missing just one dose of birth control pills or taking them late is not going to decrease the protective effects of the rest of the pills that you have taken on time to an immediate zero, but it does decrease the effects. In short, a missed or late pill definitely means you are not completely safe. Your chances of getting pregnant increase because of that. However, the level of risks depends upon a couple of factors, such as when you took your last pill, when you missed it, and when you took the next one.
Besides that, your health condition also matters a lot. For example, if you are taking antibiotics and are suffering from specific conditions like diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea, the effects of the birth control pills may be decreased because of them. Missing a pill and then having a bad health condition means the pills may not work as effectively as they usually do.
However, if you are enjoying good health and have missed a pill, you must take it as soon as you remember it. But, it does not mean you should delay your next dose. In general, there is no harm in taking two doses at a single time. However, you are strongly recommended to check with your prescribed midwife or doctor for specific guidance on it.
For optimum results from birth control pills, you must maintain a gap of 24 hours between two doses. This way, they can be very effective in maintaining the specific hormones level in your body that is required to avoid pregnancy.
I Have Not Missed My Period – I Had it, But it is Lighter Than Normal
Yes, there is still a possibility that you are pregnant. But at the same time, you must also know that an abnormal period indicates that there can be certain complications in your body. So, you must consult with your doctor immediately before you assume anything.
For example, it can happen in cases of implantation bleeding, which is a common pregnancy symptom. In such cases, women usually have spotting and they feel like their period is about to start but wonder when they do not notice any more bleeding. So, if you have a lighter than normal period, you have probably mistaken implantation bleeding as your menstrual cycle.
If you are having an abnormal period and thinking that it might be because you have become pregnant, you must take a home pregnancy test to confirm.
I Have Missed a Period But My Pregnancy Test is Negative
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First of all, it is very important for you to understand that just because you have missed a period, it does not mean that you are pregnant. There can be several other reasons also for late or missed period. Now, your question – a missed period with a negative pregnancy test, can u be pregnant? The answer is a resounding yes. The chances of getting pregnant are still very high.
There can be several possible reasons why the test may show a negative result even though you are pregnant. It may happen when your calculation for your period is wrong and you probably have taken the test too soon. It is very important for you to keep in mind that the test gives a positive result only if it finds enough HCG hormones (the hormones that indicate pregnancy). If you take the test prior to when your period is actually due, it may not detect those HCG hormones thoroughly.
Therefore, in order to get the most accurate result, you are advised to re-test after a short period of time (4-5 days). This is because HCG hormones grow very fast – in early pregnancy, their level can get doubled within just two days. So, if your home pregnancy test shows negative result on Sunday, you may find positive result on Wednesday when you take the test again.
Lastly, the results may also depend on the type of pregnancy test you are using, such as whether it is a urine test or a blood test. In general, it is always wiser to go for the blood pregnancy test because they are still considered as a better method despite the rapid advancements in the urine home pregnancy test kits.
I Have Just Delivered a Baby – Can I Still Get Pregnant Soon Again?
First things first; if you have just delivered a baby, you must first go for a six-week extensive check up. Your body needs very good care during this period. You are strongly recommended not to have sex prior to six weeks after giving birth. Besides that, it is very important for you to keep in mind that even if you have just delivered a baby, you are still fertile and you can immediately get pregnant again if you have sex now.
It is a common misconception among new moms – they think that they cannot get pregnant shortly after the delivery. It is a myth. The truth is that your body is well capable to get pregnant soon again. It does not really matter whether you had a cesarean section or a vaginal birth; in either case, your fertility and ability to achieve pregnancy remains unaffected. Your period will start, and before the beginning of the first period, you will also start ovulating. So, unprotected sex should still be a no-no if you want to avoid another pregnancy.
It is also believed that breastfeeding stops ovulation, which is again not completely true. Though breastfeeding does cause a little delay in the occurrence of ovulation in some new moms, but it does not actually stop it. So, do not assume breastfeeding to be a birth control technique. It is not going to be very effective unless you are following the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM).
Overall, if you are trying to avoid pregnancy, you must get your facts right about the factors that increase and the factors that decrease the chances of getting pregnant.
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