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I know that there are a ton of posts on here about pregnancy scares and such... but there never seems to be much of a risk on a lot of them.

My ex and I slept together last week. It was after a night out, it was a bad idea all around, and I hate to blame anything on alcohol, but it definitely helped me make bad decisions that night.

We had sex, I am not on birth control (I always make him wear a condom... but apparently I didn't think too much about it this time. Stupid, I know.), and he ejaculated in me. I'm pretty sure twice. That was at 2 am. I went to the store and got Plan B the next day after work, and took it around 7 pm. I read the entire packet inside it. And I followed all of the directions.

The day after I took it, my abdoman felt stiff and crampy. Which, I took as a sign that it was doing exactly what it was supposed to. And it isn't fun.

All I'm wondering, I guess, is how effective is it really? They say 7 out of 8 women who take it don't get pregnant... but I know that so many variables can go into that. I'm a lot older than most of the girls who post on here... and I know that none of this was smart or the ideal situation or anything like that. We've both been checked for STD's, so at least that's clear. I just haven't had an issue like this, ever. People make mistakes. I just thought that you guys might know more about the Plan B pill than I do.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, in advance.

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If you took Plan B within 24 hours, you're looking at somewhere between 95 and 98% effectiveness.

I'd also just make sure you do update your STI tests soon if it's been a while since you were tested and a while since you and your ex were together, okay?

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Perfect. And I will. Thanks so much.
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hi- if anyone can answer i would appreciate it-I started my first pack of birth control pills on Aug 7th. I finished the active pills on Aug 27th and started the inactive pills Aug 28th-my period came later that day, aug 28th. period last until Sept 1st. Had unprotected sex on sept 2nd. I was worried so i took plan b on sept 3rd, about 19 hours later. what are the chances i could be pregnant. I took plan b i guess because i hadn't taken all my birth control pills exactly on time the past month.
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(Next time, could you start a new thread if you have a question? It makes it easier to find. Thanks!)

With the pill and Plan B, pregnancy is very, very unlikely, particularly given that you took the Plan B within 24 hours. Since this was more than two weeks ago though, you can take a pregnancy test now and know for sure.

When you say you didn't take all your pills exactly on time, how much of a difference are we talking about here? You have a 3-hour window either way to take your pill and still have it be considered "on time" (so if you normally take it at 9 am you could take it as early as 6 or as late as noon) and a pill isn't considered late until it's 12 hours past your usual pill-taking time. So, in the future, if you're only off by a couple of hours, you're still very well protected from pregnancy and Plan B isn't necessary.

[ 09-24-2011, 03:07 AM: Message edited by: Karybu ]

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