Although taking birth control pills has an increasing success rate, some women can get accidentally pregnant. There are some factors that can increase your risk of getting pregnant on the pill. Remember to keep these facts in mind if you’re sexually active and want to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
1. Many women take birth control, incorrectly!
You can prevent pregnancy in 99 percent of all cases if you follow the strict instructions of taking the birth control pills every single day. However, in real life, most women don’t do that and birth control pills have a range of 9 percent failure rate. Birth control pills have an increased rate of failure than other contraceptives which means that 9 out of every 100 women taking birth control pills possibly become pregnant in any given year.
2. Missing a period on the pill doesn’t mean something’s wrong!
Missing a period while taking birth control pills doesn’t mean anything is abnormal. This is not permanent, if you stop taking birth control pills, your ovaries will start making more estrogen, the uterine lining gets a little bit thicker, and you will start to bleed again. Additionally, missed periods after taking your birth control pills incorrectly could indicate a pregnancy.
3. Birth control pills prevent pregnancy through two different ways!
As a matter of fact, all birth control pills use hormones in order to prevent pregnancy. Some of those pills contain a hormone called progestin while other contain two hormones; progestin and estrogen. All of those hormones work by doing two main things; first, they prevent women from ovulating and they make the cervical mucus becomes thicker. Making it difficult for a sperm to enter and conceive an egg if the woman is ovulating.
How to prevent birth control failure
Keep the following tips in mind if you’re on birth control and want to prevent pregnancy:
Don’t mix medications or supplements
Taking more than one medication or supplement at the same time as your birth control pills can easily affect the pill’s effectiveness. Some medication may directly interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control, therefore, before taking any medicine ask your doctor or healthcare provider whether you should use a backup way to prevent pregnancy with this new medication or supplement.
Take the placebo pills
The combination of pill packs usually has three weeks of active pills that contain hormones and one week of inactive, or placebo, pills. Although this is not medically necessary, doing so can help you stay in your routine.
Timing is important!
Always remember to take your birth control pills at the same time every single day. In order to do so, set a reminder on your cell phone. In addition, you may consider taking the pill with a certain everyday activity for example; lunch or dinner. Also remember that if you take progestin-only pills, you should be especially careful about taking the pill at the same time every day. Because this could cause you to ovulate and give you a higher chance of getting pregnant.
In the end, make sure to seek your doctor’s advice especially with taking different medications.