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Chances of pregnancy with contraceptive pills - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   is it possible to fall prgnant while on the same pill for 8 years, sickk with the flu, taking cold and flu tablets, missed a pill and never had any trouble falling pregnant?
Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   is it possible to fall pregnant while on the same pill for 8 years, sick with the flu, taking cold and flu tablets, missed a pill and never had any trouble falling pregnant?
Doctor :   You can.
User :   what are the chances of it happening?
Doctor :  
I cannot predict the chances, however,
Doctor :  
pills are know to have a failure rates of upto 20%.
User :   Does being sick, taking tablets and being very fertile make the the chances higher?
Doctor :  
A few medications are known to lower the efficacy of these pills, and can cause failure.
User :   has it happened to many people?
Doctor :   Medications especially few antibiotics.
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May I know what medications you had taken for your flu symptoms?
User :   just cold and flu tablets from the supermarket day and night ones but i did not take them properly. I took 1 then forgot 2 take the next one
Doctor :  
Since the medications is unknown, I cannot comment on the real possibility if the drugs that you used are the cause.
Doctor :  
If you have the symptoms of pregnancy, I would suggest you to get the pregnancy tests done.
Doctor :  
As getting the test, is a better way of confirming if you are pregnant.
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Have you followed?
User :   ok but do things lke sickness and inconsistency with pill factor into falling pregnant? I already know i'm pregnant I was on the pill but i did miss some every now and then and i fell pregnant around the time i got sick
Doctor :  
Yes, if you have been inconsistent with the pills and have taken drugs that can reduce the efficacy of the contraceptive pills they can be the cause for failure.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
User :   do you followed up on the test?
Doctor :  
Have you got the HPT test done.
Doctor :  
If not get the test done.
User :   what is that?
Doctor :   Home pregnancy test.
Doctor :   Alternatively a blood HCG levels would be needed.

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