How do you know if you are pregnant if you are on the pill?

The signs of becoming pregnant are generally the same, regardless of whether you became pregnant while on birth control pills or not. The first and most obvious sign of pregnancy is often the missed period; however, many women who are on birth control pills either don’t have regular periods, or have periods that are so light that they could be mistaken for implantation bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy. So, a missed period is not the best sign to rely on to know if you are pregnant while on birth control pills.

Other signs of pregnancy can be more telling. Breast tenderness, for example, is one of the very earliest signs of pregnancy. Increased hormones cause breasts to be sensitive and sore, and often to swell. If you are on birth control pills and your breasts suddenly become sensitive and sore, you may be pregnant.

The main signs of pregnancy are:

  • Exhaustion
  • Light cramps in the lower part of the abdomen
  • Unusual weight fluctuations
  • A light bleeding, called implantation bleeding, that occurs after the period may also be a sign that you conceived while taking birth control pills.
  • A higher than normal basal temperature is usually considered a symptom of the forthcoming ovulation

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