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So, I had sex for the first time last night. Well, it wasn't everything I expected to say the least. Call me naive...but I was/am on my period and my boyfriend assured me that you can't get pregnant whilst bleeding.

Well, well. Maybe he was just misinformed, but I found out that you can! He's been screened and no STI's...but I really need to get EC. I went to the health dept. today and I have to get an interview to see if I qualify for the drug. How could I NOT qualify, is what I'm wondering. Also, we fooled around earlier this month (no sex, just random fore-play...and I took a couple of BC afterwards, just to be "safe"((i'm a big worrier))...I think it's altered my period because it's really spotty and light...then it got heavier last it's light again. What's up with that?)

And, no. I'm not on BC...I'm ashamed to say this, but it was my mom's. And I also know, eventually she'll see some is gone and I'll tell her something. I'm going to be put on BC though this month.

That's beside the point. (I know pulling out isn't adequate contraception, but he did. Just thought I would let you know) I just need to know 1) how i qualify for ec 2) is it the few bc i took (3-4) that is altering my cycle? 3) is my pregnancy risk substantial? 4) and lowers your chances by 80%, right?

Thanks for your time and patience.

[ 08-31-2006, 04:14 PM: Message edited by: mimosalady ]

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1) I'm assuming by 'qualifying' for EC, they must mean that your risk was significant enough for you to require it.

2) The few birth control pills you took is likely what is causing your period to be a little weird. Not only are you screwing w/ your cycle, you may be doing so unnecessarily. Not all birth control pills act as emergency contraception, when taken in this way.

3) According to our article here, you have a moderate pregnancy risk and should acquire EC. Being on your period does decrease your risk, so i would say your risk here would be low-moderate.

4) Yes, when taken within 72 hours, i believe EC is around 80% effective.

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Also, you need to tell your mother that you took some of her pills. It is important for a woman to take ALL of the pills in her pack (and it will likely cause her wonkiness especially if she is on a triphasic pill). You may have compromised HER protection (especially if say, she thinks that maybe she already took the missing pills and just forgot about them, and thus misses pills), so you need to let her know ASAP.

[ 08-31-2006, 09:37 PM: Message edited by: KittenGoddess ]

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so, for curiosity's sake...what will my pregnancy risk be after I take the EC?
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There's no way to give you an exact percentage, but EC lowers the risk substantially when taken less than 72 hours after a risk. Your risk after taking the EC will be low.

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