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Hi, Ive been on Loestrin 24 Fe for over two years. I generally

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I've been on Loestrin 24 Fe for over two years. I generally take it within the same 2 hour time period each day, and have not had any issues. I had my last withdrawal bleed the 7th- 11th of October, and resumed taking my active pills on the evening of October 11th (around 12:00 AM, so actually early October 12th). I had genital contact with my boyfriend, but no penetration or ejaculation. I did not take my second pill of the pack until 12:00PM on October 13th. Did I have a significant pregnancy risk here?

Hello Cait ,
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No, the risk of pregnancy is not significant; as a matter of almost zero. The reasons are;

1) This time of the cycle, chance of ovulation is absent.
2) There was no penetration or ejaculation.
3) The timing of only one pill being affected is not likely to cause any significant risk.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

would there be ovulation at all? i though that loestrin was supposed to keep me from ovulating. Also, I have been experiencing brown/red discharge since 10/19. Is this normal while on the pill?

Yes Cait, Pill cycles are anovulatory (means without ovulation) and this is the reason pregnancy is prevented by the pill. Very rarely ovulation may occur during mid cycle, with the pills so in your case this is one big reason of chance of pregnancy being zero, at the start of period cycle.

Brown red discharge if has no smell is not abnormal with the pills. If there is a smell or foul odor, infection (vaginitis) may be a possibility.

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