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sunnydays
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Hey all, I have a question regarding the proper course of action in a situation I (regrettably) find myself in. My girlfriend and I were having sex and the condom broke as I was ejaculating. She's been on birth control for almost two years now and is perfect about taking when she's supposed to, etc. But I'm still worried because there was direct exposure and neither of us has any desire for her to get pregnant. Of course, we both know that nothing is perfect, but I was wondering if taking Plan B is worth it/will make a difference given that she is already on the pill. Would it be redundant? Thanks so much in advance!
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Robin Lee
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HI sunnydays
and welcome to Scarleteen,

Yes, taking Plan B would be redundant if your girlfriend has been taking her pill as directed, which you said she has. The daily birth control pill and emergency contraception do the same thing, so nothing would be gained here in using emergency contraception.


If your girlfriend does not get her withdrawal bleed (what we call the period when someone is taking the pill) she'll want to take a pregnancy test, either a home test or at a healthcare provider's office or clinic.

I want to check in with you about whether both of you are up-to-date on your STI tests as a condom breaking also presents increased risks of STI transmission.

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sunnydays
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Hey, thanks for the response and the information - it's what I thought, just wanted to get a second opinion. As for the STI tests - we've been going out for over 2 years now, so not really a worry. So if she does get her withdrawal bleed, there's no worries that there is a pregnancy? Thanks again!
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Robin Lee
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You're welcome.

And yes, a withdrawal bleed means she's not pregnant.

In terms of STIs, so long as you both have had tests at some point that came back negative, then yes, you can be confident that that's not a concern for you. dating for two years and being monogamous is one part of the picture, yes, but it doesn't mean anything if there hasn't also been testing that came back negative.

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