Health Conditions & Pregnancy

Can You Get Pregnant on Birth Control

Written by Stephanie McClane

Have you ever been faced with the problem and possible to get pregnant on birth control? Have you had to seek answers to questions such as: are birth control measures truly effective? What are the chances of getting pregnant on birth control? What are the best options to take in reducing the chances of getting pregnant on birth control? Is it possible to get pregnant on birth control? How safe are these birth control measures; and many more of such questions.

Well, for several reasons, pregnancy and the eventual birth of a baby should be a thing of joy; it keeps the cycle of life going and preserves the human race from being extinct. But due to factors related to medical, economical, population control, etc the need for birth control has become a necessity. However, findings from Fox News show that between 2 and 8 percent of women on birth control in the US still get pregnant and that calls for great concern. But then what is responsible for the assumed failure of birth control measures to reduce pregnancy chances?

Different Birth Control Measures

There are different measures adopted for the control or avoidance of pregnancy. The most commonly used measures especially in the US include the use of hormonal or oral contraceptive pills, the patch, the use of vaginal ring, tying of the female tubes, abstinence, etc.

What Can Increase the Chances of Getting Pregnant on Birth Control Pills?

Not Staying true to your timing

For starters, medical research shows that these birth control measures, particularly the use of oral contraceptive pills are 99% effective in checking unintended pregnancy.

As much as that is true, the major challenge however lye in the commitment of individuals to taking their pills consistently everyday at the same time. Once this regular routine is skipped for a later time or a single day, it increases the chances of getting pregnant on birth control.

The reason this routine must be adhered to strictly is because the drugs are designed to be taken regularly; not having longer spacing between the time the first pill to the second is taken in order to maintain its efficacy.

Consumption of Alcohol

Alcohol is known to affect the normal functioning of the liver because it goes through a metabolic process which can reduce the potency of any drug taken, including the oral contraceptive pill. So before you go enjoying just a little more sip or glass of your favorite wine or alcoholic beverage be sure to check the content and consider how much of a risk it puts you, as it just might increase your chances of getting pregnant on birth control.

Consumption of Different Medication

Medical science has also indicated that the consumption of different classes of pills such as neurological drugs – seizures, antibiotics, taking of generic drugs and some supplements can impede on the normal functioning of contraceptive pills thereby increasing the chances of getting pregnant on birth control. Based on some findings, antibiotics for instance is said to result for the excretion of the contraceptive pill.

Only 0.1 percent of women who adhere strictly to birth control instructions have been known to get pregnant on birth control while more than 30 percent of such cases have been due to inconsistency. After all medical advice, to totally eliminate the possibilities of getting pregnant on birth control entirely depends on the individual’s commitment to the instructions on such medical options.

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About the author

Stephanie McClane

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I graduated college with a business degree and a minor in biology. I met my husband at a business convention and was happily marriage and pregnant within the first two years after saying the words “ I do”.

Jennifer is the eldest of the three. Being pregnant with her, my first, I researched everything pregnancy related and read nearly every book. Giving birth to Anthony and Matty seemed more natural and less stressful the third time around.

I’m happy to share what knowledge I have gathered and learn new things from other mothers. From morning sickness to Anencephaly, or potty training to thumb sucking, I have books and resource guides to share.