I was taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for a full month and then I got another card full, but I stopped taking the pills after about 5 days. I am trying to get pregnant now and I want to know how long it takes for the pills to be completely out of my system. I have had intercourse 3 times since then. What are the chances that I could be pregnant right now?
The pills you have taken prevented pregnancy through the final 5 pills.
Assume that you may become pregnant at any time now. It is impossible to estimate your likelihood of pregnancy from 3 unprotected acts of intercourse without knowing how long after those 5 final pills intercourse occurred.
FERTILITY AFTER CONTINUATION OF PILLS:
- Immediate return of fertility; Average delay in ovulation 1-2 weeks. Post-pill amenorrhea more common in women with a past history of very irregular menses; rarely persists for up to 6 months.
- Women not wanting to become pregnant, should initiate another method immediately after discontinuing COCs
- Women should be advised that their pattern of menses prior to starting pills (frequency, duration, flow, dysmenorrhea) tends to return once they stop COCs
- Taking pills for 5-10 years prior to trying to become pregnant may actually protect a woman from some of the causes of infertility such as endometriosis, endometrial cancer, uterine fibroids, androgenicity from polycystic ovaries, functional ovarian cysts, and ovarian cancer, complications of ectopic pregnancy and severe pelvic inflammatory disease.
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Summary: Pregnancy may occur in the first cycle after stopping combined oral contraceptive pills.
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