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CrazyOldMe
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Since I've recently started seeing someone, I've spoken to my gyno about birth control and picked up a pack. My doctor said that since I'm in the middle of my cycle, starting now might lead to my having two periods in quick succession and increased spotting, so I was planning on waiting until I got my period in two weeks to start. Last night though, my guy and I began making out which led to manual sex. He did not ejaculate anywhere near my vulva, but he did try touch me under my underwear prior to ejaculation but after touching himself. I stopped him before he touched my vulva directly, but he was very near to it, and I'm concerned that precum may have come into close contact with my genitals. I know the risk of pregnancy from this is very slim, but I'm of the "overly cautious, paranoid" types, and I was wondering if I should take Plan B in this instance, to be on the safe side, since it's been less than 24 hours.

What would you recommend for both my safety and peace of mind? Take plan B? Just start my regular birth control now, despite the chance of more starting? Wait until my next period to start BC?

Thanks in advance.

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Heather
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You are not describing anything that has posed any pregnancy risk.

I'd say taking Plan B in this case would be like taking an antibiotic when you don't have an infection: there's simply no point.

In terms of your peace of mind, I'd say start your BC whenever you'd like, but what will probably make you feel better is having a chat with the person you're seeing about safer sex, birth control, and what kind of sex or ways of engaging in sexual activities you're most comfortable with and ready to deal with.

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