The symptoms of pregnancy in the early stages that normally involve nausea, fatigue, headache and breast tenderness are often mistaken as Pre menstrual symptom because of similarity in the nature of the symptoms.
Many women who are on birth control pills continue to consume the same before they realize that they are pregnant. As a matter of fact, if the birth control pills are taken right without any aberration in the schedule the chances of getting pregnant are as low as 1 in 100 women. If they are not taken properly, 9 out of 100 women run the risk of getting pregnant as per a study by the Planned Parenthood federation. The pills are rendered less effective if certain medicines (Refampin and anti-seizure medicines) or medicines used for yeast infection in the mouth are used.
To understand what are the possible effects of consuming the birth control pills while pregnant we have to understand how it works. The birth control pills are designed either to stop the release of the egg or thicken the cervical mucous to prevent fertilization.
Popular Belief vs Facts On Continuing Birth Control In Early Stages Of Pregnancy
Results of at-home Pregnancy tests are not affected. As mentioned earlier the symptoms of pregnancy are quite similar to pre menstrual symptoms and hence it adds up to the confusion.
If the symptoms persist without a period while you are on birth control pill, you must get a sensitive pregnancy test done without any apprehension of not getting the correct result. Pregnancy tests are designed to detect the hormone called hcg which increases if pregnancy occurs and it is no way related to the estrogen and progesterone, the major components of birth control pills.
Continuing Birth control pills accidentally even after a pregnancy is confirmed does not lead to miscarriage. Many studies have been conducted on this topic which reconfirms the fact that no correlation could be established between increased fetal death rate and the intake of artificial hormones like estrogen and progesterone as found in the birth control pills.
The consumption of birth control pills in the early stages of pregnancy has not been linked to any birth defect. No concrete evidence establishes any kind of connection between the two. However, some studies have suggested that the consumption of progestin only pill leads to an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Women who continue to be on birth control pill while pregnant experience more severe pregnancy symptoms such as bloating, nausea, vomiting than those who do not.
Birth control pills are not abortive and do not result in ending a pregnancy. A large dose of birth control pill used within 2-3 days of having unprotected sex can work as an emergency contraceptive but it is important to know the right dosage and how it is to be taken. Once the pregnancy happens and you test positive, these pills cannot be consumed as abortive pills.
Birth control pills in fact offer many benefits to the overall well being of the reproductive health of women. It offers some protection against pelvic inflammatory disease, cysts in the breasts and ovaries, bone thinning, irregular periods and acne.