When you decide to get birth control, you usually choose the method based on your personal preference: perhaps you want a hormonal option or one without hormones; maybe you want something simple, such as a condom-only method, or something more high-tech, like a Nexplanon or IUD. Or, if you’re concerned, a reversible form of birth control. But how well do these methods work, and what happens if you become pregnant anyway?

It’s one of the many questions people ask when thinking about getting pregnant. Believe it or not, the answer is yes; some women can actually get pregnant while using birth control.

Taking birth control is not a guarantee that you can’t get pregnant, but it does reduce the risk of pregnancy. Women who use birth control are 80% less likely to get pregnant than women who don’t.

An unplanned pregnancy can be scary, and the fear of pregnancy may arise for many different reasons. The fear that condoms, birth control pills, and other contraceptive methods can lead to unwanted pregnancy is very real.

Contraceptives have been around for decades and are one of the cornerstones when it comes to family planning. Contraceptives do not stop pregnancy from happening, but they do prevent it. There are oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), hormonal implants, and sterilization today.

There are two main types of birth control, hormonal and non-hormonal. Birth control pills, patches, and rings made of progestin are hormonal; however, you may also have hormonal injections, such as Depo-Provera or Vasectomies. Non-hormonal methods include condoms, intrauterine devices, pills, and other spermicides. The pill is the most popular form of birth control.

According to Planned Parenthood, “There are many birth control methods that can prevent pregnancy, including condoms, hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs), emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pills), and implants.” However, it’s important that you do those pregnancy tests, no matter what birth control method you are using, because if you wait longer than 2-3 weeks after your last pill, you may miss your window.

You can absolutely get pregnant while using birth control pills. Birth control pills help prevent pregnancy by regulating the hormones in your body, which stop you from ovulating. Most birth control pills have hormones that slightly decrease sperm production, so using birth control pills does not inhibit your ability to get pregnant. 

However, not every woman will respond the same way to birth control as they do to other forms of contraception. Some women experience breakthrough bleeding, where menstrual-like cramping occurs despite taking birth control pills. This can happen if your body has adjusted to birth control, which could happen if you were taking the pill consistently.

The birth control pill is a woman’s best friend, but it can also be her worst enemy. Many women assume the pill is a surefire way to prevent pregnancy and that if you are on the pill, then this also means that you cannot be pregnant. This is not always the case, however. Many women find themselves pregnant while on the birth control pill, and this can sometimes lead to a very confusing situation.

It takes an average of three months for a woman’s body to clear toxins after unprotected sex. If a woman is pregnant, it’s best to use condoms during sex to ensure both she and her baby are in good health. However, even if she’s using birth control, she may still be at risk of a pregnancy, which is why it’s important to take a pregnancy test 2-3 weeks after unprotected sex.

Getting pregnant is a happy and exciting time. However, it’s also a very stressful time. It can feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster when you’re trying to conceive. You’d hope that all the people telling you to take caution about your birth control methods would have all the bases covered, but pregnancy can still happen even when using a birth control method.

And if you’re trying to conceive and still using birth control, the last thing you want to hear is that you’re making it harder for yourself to conceive. Unfortunately, this is the unfortunate reality. Some forms of birth control can cause the body to become less sensitive to ovulation, thus making it harder for an egg to be ovulated and fertilized.