Liklihood Of Pregnancy

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AdamM - April 1

Hi everyone, I am just asking this for my girlfriend. Now I know coming in that there is no sure thing of not gettingpregnant while she is on the pill. We are going to check this out in a week or so with a doctor but I just wanted to hear if anyone had any similar experiences. A little background first. My girlfriend has been on the pill now for about a year and a half. She was on before this but went off for about 4 months before starting up sometime 2 summers ago. I know for sure she has been constantly taking the pill at the same time every night. We have been s_xually active for about a year now and have never had any scare like we have lately. She has been a few days late and has 1 pill left before beginning the orange colored pills (i'm sorry I don't know what the terms for these are). She has told me that she has always (ever since beginning getting periods) that she always flucuates and sometimes is early/late and never constant. Last night we were relieved because she was finally starting her period. But when she woke up this morning not much has come out. And during today it seems to have just stopped. She has never had this light of a period but has been on the pill for a very long time now. Is it possible that she is pregnant? We did some research and she has no toher symptoms whatsoever. No br___t tenderness, no sickness, nothing. The only thing she has is a light period that she has never had before. She told me that it is still possible that she has more flow for her period in next couple of days. Is this possible? Is it likely she is pregnant? I've read that even a light period on the pill can be considered a period but I wanted to check what the chances were that she could be. Again we are going to take a home test soon and a doctors appointment. But we'd really like to hear what others say. Thanks for you help. Adam

 

Lin - April 1

It's possible for her to be pregnant but very unlikely. Periods are definitely lighter when you're on the pill, and even off the pill, I had a couple random periods that were only 1 day long. It happens sometimes. If it really worries her a lot, she can take a pregnancy test to ease her mind, like you said.

 

corinne - April 1

I got prego with my first child while I was on the pill.

 

Lin - April 1

Yes, but you are in the minority. The number of people who get pregnant on the pill is very small.

 

corinne - April 1

Exactly but you never know. It is possible you can't always look at percentages.

 

Lin - April 1

You HAVE TO look at percentages when the question is about the "likelihood" as this one is. The percentage represents the probability or likelihood.

 

corinne - April 1

Ok but what if she is in that percentile of women who concieve on the pill

 

Lin - April 1

It doesn't matter. He's asking for the likelihood, not if we can tell him whether or no she's in that rare 1% of women (which we of course couldn't). The likelihood is defined by the percentage.

 

corinne - April 1

Ok i'm not trying to argue with you. He just wants to know the chances right? Well I just put my experiences in. And more women than you think do get prego on the pill.

 

Lin - April 1

No, it is NOT more than I think. Yes, there are people who get pregnant on the pill and yes I've met some of them, but just because you're one of them does not make it more than I think. It does, on the other hand, give you a skewed perspective. It is only around 1% of women on the pill. Yes, that 1% is still a lot of people as there are billions on the planet, but of the total sum of people on the pill, it is STILL a very small portion.

 

AdamM - April 1

Exactly Lin. Just looking for likelihood, thanks for the info though from both. We will be checking for sure early next week. She is actually starting to flow constantly now though. It is weird that it came just a bit stopped overnight and the started up normal this afternoon. Does this sound like non-pregnancy?

 

Lin - April 1

It's not weird at all to have a period stop and start again. I can't even count the number of times that's happened in my life. Many women get spotting before their periods, and that's exactly what it sounds like she had. All is well.

 

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