Ask the Health Educator: Birth Control & Possible Pregnancy

Question from December 2, 2013

ive been on birth control sense I was 15 and im 19 now and have recently ran out of my birth control is it possible that what I did take befor I ran out is still in my system cause im scared I may be pregnant

Answer:

Hi! Birth control only works as long as it’s taken as directed. If you have not been taking your pills, but still having sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance to could become pregnant.

If you think you may be pregnant, you can come in to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test. If you are not pregnant, you may be able to restart your birth control at that time. If you are pregnant, we can give you a list of other resources available to help. Also keep in mind, that if someone has unprotected sex or a condom breaks and they are not on birth control or have missed pills, they can come in to Teen Matters within 5 days for Plan B to help prevent pregnancy as well.

We hope to see you soon!

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