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


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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