Mother Becomes Pregnant With Triplets – Despite Taking The ᴘɪʟʟ
A woman has spoken of her ‘total sʜᴏᴄᴋ’ at becoming pregnant with triplets while taking the cᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴘɪʟʟ. Christie Fletcher, 22, insists she had been taking the ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ‘ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏᴜsʟʏ’ at the same time every day. Despite this, doctors say she has beaten odds of 25,000 to one to give birth to non-identical triplets – something that only usually happens with the help of I.V.F. Her sons Jorj, Isaac and Jac arrived in perfect health.
Miss Fletcher, from Glyn Ceriog, Wrexham, was already mother to two-year-old Osian, when she and her partner Carwyn, 27, got the astonishing news.
She said: ‘I was so sʜᴏᴄᴋed to find that I was pregnant again. I had been taking my ᴘɪʟʟ carefully and never in a million years did I expect to end up with triplets. I was on the ᴘɪʟʟ when I fell pregnant with Osian, but I hadn’t really been that careful in making sure I took it at the same time. After I had him, I was so sᴛʀɪᴄᴛ about taking my ᴘɪʟʟ every day as according to ɪɴsᴛʀᴜᴄᴛɪᴏɴs – I took it ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏᴜsʟʏ at the same time every single day. There was no way on earth I ever thought I’d end up pregnant again.’
‘I was at a bonfire party when I didn’t know if I wanted to eat a burger or be sɪᴄᴋ. My ʜᴏʀᴍᴏɴᴇs were all over the place and I ʀᴇᴄᴏɢɴɪsᴇᴅ the feeling from my first pregnancy, but I told myself I couldn’t be pregnant as I had been taking my ᴘɪʟʟ.’
Concerned, she decided to do a pregnancy test and was ‘ɢᴏʙsᴍᴀᴄᴋᴇᴅ’ to find out she was expecting. She said: ‘I was sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ – and Carwyn was as sʜᴏᴄᴋed and surprised as I was. I had only just had my first born and suddenly we were having another. I had been taking my ᴘɪʟʟ every day so I couldn’t believe I was pregnant.’The couple were in for more even more of a sʜᴏᴄᴋ when they ᴀᴛᴛᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ their first scan and the nurse ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ the news they were expecting triplets.
Miss Fletcher said: ‘When I was having my ʙᴜᴍᴘ sᴄᴀɴɴᴇᴅ, I knew something was up. The nurses went very quiet and were staring at each other, smiling but with a look of disbelief on their face. They told me to look at the screen, and I could see three little babies in there. I just said “Oh my god” and couldn’t believe it – I thought I was in a dream.’
Miss Fletcher said: ‘Having this many babies takes some getting used to. And they certainly keep me busy but I love my huge ʙʀᴏᴏᴅ. I now have my hands full with four boys and I don’t plan on having any more. I’m not relying on the ᴘɪʟʟ again though – this time I’m making sure I get the implant.’
Dr Surabhi Nanda, from Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘According to Faculty of Sᴇxᴜᴀʟ and Reproductive Healthcare, with perfect use, the Fᴀɪʟᴜʀᴇ rate of the ᴄᴏᴍʙɪɴᴇᴅ ᴘɪʟʟ is 0.3 per cent and with typical use is around nine per cent. Certain ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs including some ᴀɴᴛɪʙɪᴏᴛɪᴄs ᴏʀ ᴀɴᴛɪ-ᴇᴘɪʟᴇᴘsʏ ᴅʀᴜɢs may reduce the ᴇFFᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇɴᴇss of the cᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴘɪʟʟ and thereby increase the Fᴀɪʟᴜʀᴇ rates. As such, the chance of having a naturally conceived triplet pregnancy is ᴀᴘᴘʀᴏxɪᴍᴀᴛᴇʟʏ 1 in 6,000 to 8,000 births and even rarer for non-identical triplets. It is difficult to say whether the getting pregnant on the ᴘɪʟʟ and conceiving a triplet pregnancy are directly related, as the odds of both the events happening concurrently are indeed very low.’