Stories and testimonies of those who got pregnant with the pill. It can happen? Yes, it can happen and the causes are different. Here because.
Can you get pregnant with the pill, or while using hormonal contraceptive methods which, in theory, should really prevent a pregnancy from occurring? Yes, it is possible. The medical literature says so but also the testimonies of those who, despite taking the pill for some time, saw the pink dashes appear on the pregnancy test. Completely surprise.
These stories and experiences of women who got pregnant despite contraception were collected by the French magazine Magicmaman, and now we tell you about them. But we will also find out how it can happen, what are the causes and what to do.
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Getting pregnant with the pill: experiences and stories of women who happened to be
As reported by the studies related to the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill, if the dosage is correct and no mistakes are made in taking it, its coverage is almost total: the progestin that the main pills on the market contain acts on the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis. , inhibiting them and causing what is called “iatrogenic hypothalamic amenorrhea“which must be associated with estrogen in order for the contraceptive mechanism to take place. Technically, at least, this is how it works. But the stories of some women who, at different stages of their lives, have found themselves with a pregnancy test positive despite having the coverage of the pill suggests that the flaws, in this chemically perfect system, can happen.
Among the stories collected by MagicMaman is that of Zélie, who at 37 became pregnant by surprise. The cause? Forgot to take the pill before intercourse. So, since she wasn’t trying to get pregnant at the time, she went to the pharmacy to buy the morning-after pill. But the pregnancy test, a few weeks later, spoke: with three children and a job, for Zélie and her husband it was not the time to have another one. Thus, they decided on therapeutic abortion: a serene decision, taken at a time of great emotional difficulty.
The story of Julie, who was 21 when she experienced getting pregnant with the pill, is not much different. Except that, in her case, the choice to suspend the daily hormone dosage was voluntary, pushed by her boyfriend at the time. In the case of this girl, the pain in her stomach that came a few days after stopping the pill was a wake-up call that led her to discover that she was having a ectopic pregnancy (or ectopic pregnancy): since then she has also lived with the diagnosis of a retroverted uterus, the experience has also marked her a lot in subsequent relationships.
Although the course is subjective, the common denominator of these two stories is the forgetting of the pill, which bases its effectiveness precisely on regularity. And this is one of the main reasons why you can get pregnant even if you take the pill.
Pregnant on the pill: why does it happen?
According to an Istat research called “Women and access to hormonal contraception” for the year 2019, the birth control pill is the second most used method, after the condom and before interrupted coitus. Not an encouraging number, also endorsed by another research by SIGO (Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics) which is called “Non-contraceptive benefits
and therapeutic possibilities of hormonal contraception “and confirms the many taboos and limits in the use of oral contraceptives by Italian women. However, the pill is a safe method, thanks to its mechanism of inhibition of ovulatory processes activated by the mix of progestin and However, there is still a lot of mistrust of the method, because the idea that you can get pregnant despite covering the pill is actually very widespread. As reported by the Endocrinologia website today, however, the causes of pregnancy while taking the pill are linked to four reasons in particular, none related to the failure of the pill itself:
- incorrect assumption
- wrong dosage
- non-recruitment or suspension
- other drugs that inhibit the contraceptive mechanism (such as those taken for diseases of the digestive system or drugs that tend to alter intestinal absorption)
In the case of the testimonies of the two women who became pregnant with the pill, it is evident that the failure to take and the sudden suspension of the estrogen-progestogen dosage favored ovulation, a mechanism that with contraceptives such as the pill is chemically inhibited. And unprotected intercourse in this scenario then becomes the ultimate cause of pregnancy.
The experts then point out “not all forgetfulness is the same” and that “a failure to take at the beginning of the intake cycle exposes to a greater risk of pregnancy than a forgetfulness that occurs at the end of the cycle which, instead, more than affects the contraception, it can cause irregular bleeding and spotting “.
Sources for the article: Endocrinology today, “Estrogen progestins and hormonal contraception”; Onda Foundation National Observatory on Women’s and Gender Health, “Women and access to hormonal contraception 2019”; Sigo, “Contraception, one in 4 Italians use unsafe methods”