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Brooke D.
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Hello again! So lately I've realized that I'm finally emotionally ready to have sex, and I'm worrying MUCH LESS [Smile] so that's a good thing. The only thing left to be concered about is protection. My mother is still thinking about putting me on birth control, but I know eventually I'll be on it. So, I plan on using a condom and pull-out method the first time I do it. However, I don't want to rely on a condom alone, so I figured I'd also buy Plan B and have it for back-up just in case the worse happened. I understand that EC is only for emergencies only so I'm only going to use it once.

I also got to reading online (which can sometimes be a bad idea) and I've read where girls still got pregnant after taking plan B. (Maybe that was because they took it too late, and they used no other forms of protection.) But if I were to take it literally the minute after sex, my chances would be greatly reduced right? And if the condom hopefully doesn't break, I should be safe all around?

I just want to be as safe as possible! [Smile]

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Karybu
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If the condom doesn't break, EC really isn't necessary at all. When used perfectly, condoms are around 98% effective over a year, and even when taken within minutes, EC is less effective than that. If it makes you feel more comfortable to take it, then by all means that's your choice, but it won't really have anything to do unless something goes wrong with the condom. (Especially if you use a condom AND withdrawal - with perfect use that combination is over 99% effective.) Three methods is really overkill, and if you feel like you need a hormonal method in there, then it might be better to wait until you have one that's more effective than EC.

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Brooke D.
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Okay thank you. So the only thing to do now is to make sure the condom doesn't break... most of the time they don't, right? When used perfectly, that is.

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Karybu
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Condoms breaking when used perfectly is very unusual, yep.

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