Since 1960, women have been turning to oral contraceptives as a relatively easy and effective form of birth control. Today's birth control pills contain fewer hormones and cause less side effects than the original pills. They are high effective, with only a 0.3 percent chance of pregnancy when taken correctly. Even so, there are still ways you can get pregnant while taking the pill.
When you decide to start taking oral contraceptives, you should talk to your doctor about your health history and your current lifestyle. Smoking, age, and taking other medications in combination with the pill can cause life-threatening medical problems such as blood clots.
If you find that you have been on the pill for some time, and you experience uncomfortable side effects such as nausea or breakthrough bleeding (spotting between periods) that aren't getting better, you should talk to your health care professional about switching to a different pill. Don't stop taking the pill mid-cycle because you can get pregnant.
Once your doctor prescribes the pill they think will work best for you, it is important to read all of the instructions that come with your prescription. The majority of pregnancies that occur while on the pill are due to not following the directions. But that's not the only way the pill can be ineffective. Here are some other ways that you can get pregnant while taking the birth control pill.