I know that the thought of getting pregnant is pretty scary, especially if you’re not ready to, you know, have a kid. If you’re having sex, it’s definitely a legitimate thing to stress over. Yeah, there are a lot of really fun things about hooking up with someone, but considering the risks is necessary – unless, you know, you want a baby and possibly an STD. This is why we stress the importance of birth control methods and safe sex on a regular basis. And while these are essential, the unfortunate truth is that, uh, there is still a risk of getting pregnant… even if you’re on your trusty birth control pills.
You might think that the pill is a foolproof way to get it on without the impending doom of a possible pregnancy looming over you, but you’re wrong. The pill is not 100 percent effective, something that should be told to anyone by their doctor when getting the prescription. If you take the pill out of order, at different times every day, or if you skip a day or days, you could still be at risk of getting pregnant. Even if you take the pill perfectly and never mess up, you could still be at risk of getting pregnant. A very small risk, yes, but it’s not impossible, and it has happened. And the human error might even be your own, which is scary to think about. Which brings us to this story about a popular brand of birth control being recalled that is pretty terrifying.
This week, the FDA issued a nationwide recall of Mibelas 24 Fe, a popular birth control, because of a packaging error. The error caused the non-hormonal tablets to be taken in the wrong order – the four placebo pills were incorrectly placed at the beginning of the sequence, pushing the real, hormonal pills back. Basically, users were taking the placebo pills at the wrong time, thinking they were covered when they weren’t. Yikes.
The FDA issued a statement saying, “As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy.” So, if you accidentally took these pills out of sequence, you could be at risk of pregnancy.
Yes, the pills have been recalled, but that doesn’t change the fact that anyone taking them before they were recalled could be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy. Imagine thinking you’re having safe sex and then realizing you weren’t – and it isn’t even your fault. Is anyone else getting creepy Jane The Virgin thoughts?
The fact of the matter is that this kind of thing happens with medication, even if it’s scary to think about. And even if this kind of freak incident doesn’t happen, there’s still the hard truth that birth control pills aren’t ever going to be 100 percent effective. That’s why, if you want to really be safe, you should double up on your birth control methods. It’s always a good idea to continue using condoms when on the pill – not only is it a back up just in case something happens to either option, but it’s also the only way to prevent STDs/STIs since the pill can’t do that. If you’re freaked out by the pill, you can also consider getting an IUD, which is said to be more effective.
Basically? There is no 100 percent, foolproof way to avoid pregnancy other than abstinence. If you choose to have sex, that’s fine, but you need to do everything you can to stay safe. You also need to stay educated on your options and understand that there is nothing else that will complete negate the possibility of a scary side effect. I know it’s scary, but it’s so much better to be safe than sorry!
What form of birth control do you use? Tell us in the comments!