I am on birth control and when I was on the pill I had a period…

…My boyfriend ejaculated on the outside of my vagina the day before I got my period. Is there a chance I could be pregnant? Please respond I’m worried.

It’s important to know that the only 100% way to protect yourself from pregnancy and/or STI transmission is to practice abstinence. But there are very effective methods that you can use to significantly reduce your risk of pregnancy if you’re choosing not to be abstinent.

The birth control pill is an effective form of hormonal birth control. An important part of this though is that in order for the pill to be effective, it needs to be taken at the same time every day. If the pill is taken at the same time every day, it will be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy! So if you’re taking it correctly, your boyfriend ejaculating near your vagina wouldn’t be a huge concern for pregnancy.

Some questions you may want to ask yourself when wondering if you are taking your pills correctly might be:

  • Am I taking the pill at the same time every day?
  • Am I missing or skipping any pills?
  • Am I starting my new pack of pills when I’m supposed to?
  • Am I on any other medications that may effect how my pills are working? (an example of this may be antibiotics)

All of these things can influence the effectiveness of your method.

It’s also important to remember that hormonal birth control methods do not protect you from STIs. Use dental dams and condoms during oral, anal, and vaginal sex to help reduce your risk of STI transmission!

With additional questions or concerns, call us at 303-442-5160 to speak with a nurse or make an appointment.