Why is there a chance of pregnancy if you miss a pill but it’s safe to have sex during the 7-day break?

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Why is there a chance of pregnancy if you miss a pill but it’s safe to have sex during the 7-day break?

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The 7 days of the sugar pills is so that your body knows to have your period because your no longer ovulating. If you miss a day of the pill there’s a chance you might be fertile during that day and since you didn’t take your pill it can result in pregnancy.

You naturally have a 7-day break in fertility. Your body isn’t always fertile, only at certain times in the menstrual cycle. The birth control pill tricks your body into thinking it’s *always* that 7-day break period. But if you miss a dose, your body reverts to its normal hormone levels, and therefore normal fertility.

Birth control works by creating hormone levels that are seen during pregnancy (which stops ovulation). It takes 7 days of taking the pill to stop ovulation and prevent pregnancy. It also takes 7 days of missing pills to start ovulating again.

You are protected during the 7 day sugar pills because it takes longer than that to start ovulating.

The issue is when you miss a pill around that 7 day placebo week. If you miss a pill in the week before or week right after the placebo pills, then you are essentially lowering your hormone levels for more than 7 days and you can start ovulating (aka you can get pregnant).

As long as you have taken the pill for 7 days continuously before and after the missed pill, then there should be no worry.

Regarding the other comments, if you are consistently taking pills and it has been more than 7 days from your last placebo week, then there is no chance that your body is fertile during that first day you missed your pill. Fertility is not a random occurrence, it has to do with hormone levels and your consistency taking the pill

Also the other comment referred to a natural 7 day break in fertility. It is true that you aren’t normally fertile on your natural 7 day period since it comes after ovulation is done. But birth control does not mimic hormone levels seen during your period. The pills simulate high hormone levels of pregnancy that stop ovulation—basically tricking your body that it’s already pregnant

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Why is there a chance of pregnancy if you miss a pill but it’s safe to have sex during the 7-day break?

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The 7 days of the sugar pills is so that your body knows to have your period because your no longer ovulating. If you miss a day of the pill there’s a chance you might be fertile during that day and since you didn’t take your pill it can result in pregnancy.

You naturally have a 7-day break in fertility. Your body isn’t always fertile, only at certain times in the menstrual cycle. The birth control pill tricks your body into thinking it’s *always* that 7-day break period. But if you miss a dose, your body reverts to its normal hormone levels, and therefore normal fertility.

Birth control works by creating hormone levels that are seen during pregnancy (which stops ovulation). It takes 7 days of taking the pill to stop ovulation and prevent pregnancy. It also takes 7 days of missing pills to start ovulating again.

You are protected during the 7 day sugar pills because it takes longer than that to start ovulating.

The issue is when you miss a pill around that 7 day placebo week. If you miss a pill in the week before or week right after the placebo pills, then you are essentially lowering your hormone levels for more than 7 days and you can start ovulating (aka you can get pregnant).

As long as you have taken the pill for 7 days continuously before and after the missed pill, then there should be no worry.

Regarding the other comments, if you are consistently taking pills and it has been more than 7 days from your last placebo week, then there is no chance that your body is fertile during that first day you missed your pill. Fertility is not a random occurrence, it has to do with hormone levels and your consistency taking the pill

Also the other comment referred to a natural 7 day break in fertility. It is true that you aren’t normally fertile on your natural 7 day period since it comes after ovulation is done. But birth control does not mimic hormone levels seen during your period. The pills simulate high hormone levels of pregnancy that stop ovulation—basically tricking your body that it’s already pregnant