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Taking Birth Control Pills While Pregnant: Is It Safe?

Taking Birth Control Pills While Pregnant Is It Safe

Even though birth control pills are one of the safest contraceptive methods, there is a 1-3 % chance that you may conceive. The chances are higher to conceive while taking birth control pills if you do not take them as your doctor has prescribed them to you, or if you skip to take the pills.

Sometimes it is hard to realize that you are pregnant, especially in the first few weeks. It is also hard to realize that you are pregnant, if you have an irregular menstrual cycle.

So, until you realize that you are really pregnant, and until the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy show up, you will probably continue to take birth control pills regularly. But, is it safe to take birth control pills while being pregnant?

Total Check-Up to Confirm the Pregnancy in NYC

Taking birth control pills while pregnant, regardless if they are progestin – only pills or a combination of birth control pills is not harmful. However, some recent studies have identified a connection between the use of birth control pills during conception and the first few weeks of pregnancy and a higher risk of delivering a baby with low birth weight, delivering the baby preterm or even a higher risk for congenital urinary tract abnormalities.

Once you realize that you are pregnant do not freak out. First of all you should stop taking birth control pills and you should get a total check-up in order to confirm the pregnancy. Once the pregnancy is confirmed your health care provider at Abortion Center in Brooklyn will give you further instructions regarding necessary tests and any medication that you should take.

Taking Birth Control Pills During Pregnancy

If you have been taking birth control pills during this time, do not get alarmed. Ectopic pregnancy has been related to progesterone only pills, so it is very important to stop taking them the minute you realize that you are pregnant.

Keep in mind that progesterone and estrogen do not have negative effects on your body. There is no evidence that the intake of these two hormones increases the risk for miscarriage or any other complication. It is well known that progesterone and estrogen only interfere with ovulation and stop it, while they have no negative effect on the development of the fetus.

For future moms, it is important to get to know their own body, their menstrual cycle and to pay attention to the possible signs and symptoms that indicate the possibility of a pregnancy, in order to stop taking the pills.

Symptoms That Indicate Pregnancy

Missed period – is one of the signs and symptoms that makes woman think she is pregnant. After missing a period for a few days you should take a pregnancy test, no matter that you are taking birth control pills as a protection. If the test is negative, and you have still no menstrual periods, you should wait couple more days and take another test. Sometimes, it needs a couple more days until the test is positive. Get e medical check-up also if your test is negative and you still think that you are pregnant. There is always a possibility of false positive or false negative test results.

Mood swings – occur due to an increased level of certain hormones while being pregnant. Pay attention to your mood swings and if you have noticed changes in your mood recently, there is a possibility of being pregnant.

Frequent urination – is one of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

Breast tenderness – is one of the things you will notice during the first few weeks of pregnancy. However, breast tenderness can sometimes be a side effect of birth control pills.


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Dr. Dmitry Bronfman

Dmitry Bronfman, MD, is a board-certified gynecologist who specializes in all aspects of contemporary women’s health, preventive medicine, pelvic pain, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and general, adolescent, and menopausal gynecology.

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